The LG Twins advance to the next round of the KBO playoffs after defeating the Kiwoom Heroes in a thriller of 4-3 in extra innings. They went back and forth and the Twins ultimately won by a score of 4-3. After several scoreless innings, the Heroes came through with a run in the top of the 13th, though the bullpen was unable to keep it together. The Twins loaded the bases and scored a couple of runs to take the win and the series.
A win for the Heroes would have forced a second game, but it was not needed with the Twins winning. The Twins received a standout performance from Casey Kelly on the hill in that game. Kelly went 7 innings with 3 hits and 2 earned runs conceded. Kelly was the MVP of that game. Jake Brigham did all he could for the Heroes, but the offense couldn’t help him out. The Heroes were just running out of pitchers to trot out to the bump in extras.
We have a three-game semi-final format in the 2020 playoffs. It’s typically a five-game series in the KBO for the semis. Note that the Korean Series will be a full seven games. The NC Dinos are sitting around waiting for the winner to move forward to face them. As a result of winning the regular season title, the Dinos get an automatic ticket to the Korean Series. The good news is that they’re going to be fresh. However, a slow start because of rust is always possible. The big plus is that Koo-chang Mo has time to reset and get healthier.
The Bears most recently played on October 30 and took care of the Heroes by a score of 2-0. Their third-place finish was enough to avoid the Wild Card and proceed straight to this round. The Bears closed out the regular season with a record of 79-61-4, as did the Twins at 79-61-4. However, the Bears had the tiebreaker over the Twins, so they got to skip the Wild Card.
The Bears will send Chris Flexen to the bump for their first postseason game against the Twins. Flexen is hot going into the playoffs, but the playoffs are a whole different beast. Rookie Min-ho Lee will counter for the Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears pick for November 4, 2020.
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The Bears are hoping that the hot hand of Chris Flexen carries over into the postseason. He was in good form in the regular season with an ERA of 3.01 and a 1.09 WHIP. This is his first season in the KBO and Flexen has made an impact. Leading up to November, Flexen was on fire in October. Note that Flexen has allowed just 1 earned run in his last four starts across 26.2 innings of work. He pitched scoreless baseball in his last two outings, which came against the Lotte Giants and Hanwha Eagles.
In all four of his October starts, Flexen had a sub 1.00 WHIP in every game for a combined WHIP of 0.605. Impressive stuff for Flexen, who has gotten hot at the perfect time. The plus here for the Twins is that Flexen boasts an ERA of 4.50 versus them this season. However, that was only one game in his first appearance of the year in May. His very first start in the KBO. A lot has changed for the better for Flexen since then.
Being a true rookie in the KBO has generally meant bad news. That hasn’t been the case for 19-year-old Min-ho Lee. Lee goes into the postseason with an ERA of 3.69 and 1.41 WHIP. Nothing wrong with that, and just like Flexen, he is feeling confident recently. In his previous seven appearances, Lee hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs, with a total of 6 earned runs conceded through 31.5 innings of work. Lee has been good against the Bears in two starts and two relief appearances, with a 2.57 ERA through 14 innings of play. I will side with a low-scoring contest between the Twins and Bears.