The Doosan Bears beat the Lotte Giants by a score of 4-2 yesterday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. They didn’t need much offense with Raul Alcantara hanging in their tough on the bump. He allowed 9 hits in 6 innings, though held strong to give up just 2 runs. It could have gotten a lot worse than just 2 runs on the board.
In any event, Alacantara was able to get out of some jams and the bullpen was especially on point. Noh Kyung-eun wasn’t all that bad for the Giants. He gave up just 4 hits in 6 innings, but was tagged for 3 earned runs. That’s all it took for the Bears to take control of the contest.The Bears advanced to 13-8 on the season with the win. The defending Korean Series champs are hanging in there, but trial the LG Twins and NC Dinos.
The Bears are behind the Dinos by 4 games. Everything is wide-open at the moment, with the potential for the Bears to repeat as champions. It would be their fourth championship since winning in 2015. The Bears may not look like a championship team at the moment, but let’s give it some time and things might change.
While the Bears look to keep their elite status in the KBO, the Lotte Giants are attempting to surprise South Korea and go from last to first in the league. They finished last season with a record of 48-93-3, and started off hot in 2020. However, the flames have been extinguished for the most part, and a 6-1 start has turned into a record of 10-11 for the Giants.
I don’t have too much faith in the Giants playing consistently enough throughout the season to upend the top contenders in the KBO, but we’ll see how it goes. The people who bet the Giants to win the Korean Series following their hot start can’t be feeling too good right about now, though. The Bears are expected to give Lee Young-ha the start against Seo Jun-won of the Giants. Head below for our free Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears pick for May 30, 2020 in the KBO.
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Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears Prediction:
The Bears have one of the most dangerous offenses in the KBO. They relied on their pitching yesterday, but you’re typically going to see the Bears excelling because of their bats at the plate. The Bears are 2nd in the KBO with a batting average of .300. In 21 games, the Bears have notched 6.2 runs per game on the season. They should be able to add to that total against Seo Jun-won of the Giants. Seo hasn’t been in top form this season, as he navigates through his second season in the KBO. He owns a 4.98 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, a season after he posted a 5.47 ERA and 1.60 WHIP.
That said, Seo is coming off an excellent performance against the Kiwoom Heroes. He didn’t give up a run across 6.2 innings of work. However, this was after Seo was stomped on for 12 earned runs in two starts. One of those games was against the Bears. The Bears got to Seo for 5 earned runs in 5 innings for a 9.00 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. Seo didn’t have much left in the tank after 91 pitches. Which Seo are we going to see on Saturday? I’ve to venture a guess and say Seo isn’t going to be able to maintain the same level of success that he did in his last outing against the Heroes.
The Bears might need more offense than they got yesterday. With Lee Young-ha getting the call for the Bears, the Giants should be able to do some damage. Lee enters today with a 5.75 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. The 22-year-old has been way off the mark in his last two outings, as Lee has yielded 10 earned runs in 9 innings of work. In those performances versus the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions, Lee had a 9.00 ERA and 2.25 WHIP, and 10.80 ERA and 2.60 WHIP before getting pulled. The Bears are last in the KBO with a team ERA of 5.95. The Giants aren’t that far off with a 5.01 ERA. We should see plenty of runs in this one, or at least, enough to get to 11 for the OVER.