The KBO was able to get all of their games in yesterday after rainouts in two consecutive days. When one game is postponed, you usually get others simply because South Korea isn’t a big place and rain will cover a big chunk of the country if it isn’t a nice day. The good news for today and the rest of the week is that there isn’t any room in the forecast. It looks like the rain is supposed to make a return next week on Sunday and continue for the next several days. Expect more games getting rained out if that forecast holds. We most likely have nothing to worry about for the rest of the week, though.
Yasiel Puig finally landed with a team after testing free agency. That included a call from the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO. The Heroes thought Puig had no other options, but he signed with the Atlanta Braves and being patient paid off. I think the Heroes were shooting for the stars in trying to lure Puig to the KBO. It was just a matter of time before a club in the major leagues pulled the trigger on Puig at the right price. Puig will sign a one-year deal. In a shortened season like we’re going to have, a hot and cold player like Puig could put them over the top. He just needs to get hot for a few months.
Back to the KBO, where the SK Wyverns and Doosan Bears will square off on Wednesday after a dreadful day on the hill for the Bears. They were lit up for 12 runs against the usually quiet Wyverns. Lee Young-ha allowed 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. The bullpen did not provide any relief either, as they got smacked for 7 earned runs and the Bears suffered a 12-7 loss. When the Wyverns win, they generally don’t do it like that. The Wyverns usually win low-scoring games, while the Bears are used to being on the winning side of games that play out like that.
The Wyverns advanced to 19-41 on the season with the win. In other words, it doesn’t put much of a dent in the standings. The Wyverns are doing their best to stay ahead of the Hanwha Eagles. This is the same team that finished in a tie with the Bears in the regular season at the top of the league. They both went 88-55-1, with one team going all the way to the Korean Series, while the other faltered. The Bears will opt for Raul Alcantara, who has been catching fire recently, while the Wyverns are expected to send Ricardo Pinto to the bump. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears Pick for July 15, 2020 in the KBO.
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When the Bears made the decision to acquire Raul Alcantara they thought a guy that could be their ace was coming to South Korea. At first, things weren’t going swimmingly for Alcantara in 2019, but since the slow start, Alcantara has been able to figure things out and get comfortable. Alcantara has posted an ERA of 3.14 and 1.10 WHIP going into Wednesday.
He has an elite record of 8-1 so far in 2020. Alcantara has been on point recently with just 1 earned run allowed in his previous 14 innings of work. That includes a 0.43 WHIP. Alcantara has allowed 1 or no runs in four of his previous six outings. He’s had a WHIP below 1.00 in four straight games and in five of his previous six, so getting on base is no easy chore against Alcantara.
Despite the offensive onslaught last night, the Wyverns are tied for last with the Eagles with a .242 batting average. It’s unlikely that they can duplicate what they did last night again. If that does happen, I fail to see how the Wyverns keep up with the Bears on Wednesday. The Bears are first in the league with a team batting average of .301. If Alcantara was pitching yesterday, then 7 runs would have been more than enough to get a win.
The Wyverns are expected to go with Ricardo Pinto as their starter today. He has been serviceable with a 4.14 ERA and 1.68 WHIP for a very average season as a rookie in the KBO. Pinto has been a bit inconsistent. He’s had his moments, usually at home, but there’s been a lot of bad as well. In his last 13.2 innings on the road, Pinto has yielded 17 earned runs. In five starts on the road, Pinto has a 7.96 ERA this season. I’m on the Bears to respond after a sloppy effort on Tuesday.