The SK Wyverns are on the road for a Tuesday date with the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The Wyverns have not been a model team thus far, as they try to dig themselves out of a deep early hole in 2020. They hit the road to play the Bears with a record of 3-14. It’s been a disappointing start for a club that won the Korean Series in 2018 and went 88-55-1 last season.
The Wyverns appear in danger of finishing below .500 for the first time since 2016. It’s still a bit early in the season, though, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt right now. They are coming off a 4-3 win against the KIA Tigers for what could be a confidence booster.
Leading up to that win, the Wyverns were losers in three straight games and in 13 of their previous 14 games. After salvaging that home series against the Tigers, the Wyverns are back on the road to start the week. They’ll be back home for a weekend series against the Hanwha Eagles after this series against the Bears.
A solid series in Seoul against the Bears could perhaps be a turning point. That’s a big ask of the Wyverns, though. The Bears might not be flying like the Dinos early on this season, but that could change quickly.The Bears are the defending Korean Series champs. They won in a sweep over the Kiwoom Heroes to win 4-0.
It was their third championship since 2015 with the win, so they’ve been a rather successful squad in recent memory. In total the Bears have won six Korean Series championships dating back to 1982. The Bears are coming off a dreadful performance against the Samsung Lions on the road.
They were slapped by a score of 13-0 following wins of 10-6 and 12-7 over the Lions on Friday and Saturday. Good job by the Lions to show up and not act like a doormat for the Bears in the final game of their series. Overall on the season, the Bears own a record of 10-7 in 2020. That’s mediocre for the Bears, but they could easily play better than that over the next few months.
The Bears expect to trot out Chris Flexen, who will be making his fourth start in the KBO in this one. Park Jong-heung is scheduled to counter for the Wyverns. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears pick for May 26, 2020 in the KBO.
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The SK Wyverns will hope for the best from veteran Park Jong-hoon on Tuesday. He’s gotten away without suffering too much damage this season, but has had to work himself out of danger several times. Park owns a 4.20 ERA across 15 innings of work. That’s fine and if Park can hold right there, then he’d be in good shape. Overall throughout his ten-year career, Park has a 4.62 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 166 games. While Park maintains a solid ERA of 4.20, he has been putting too many runners on the bases. When there’s enough of a sample size, that typically ends up resulting in a lot of runs as well.
He’s only pitched in three games, so if he continues along this path, then Park is going to begin to feel some pain. He owns a 1.73 WHIP, with 20 hits and 6 walks yielded in 15 innings of work. Against a team like the Bears on the road, that could turn into walking on thin ice. He will have to clean that up for this contest. The Bears’ offense is best in the KBO with making contact. As a team, the Bears are hitting .323 in 2020. They just barely trail the KT Wiz for runs scored per game with 6.8 runs a contest on average.
Chris Flexen made the move to South Korea after failing to stick in the major leagues with the Mets. He appeared in 27 games and posted an unreliable ERA of 8.07 and 2.13 WHIP. His only option was to look elsewhere for a job. Flexen has done a fine job so far with the Bears. He has posted an ERA of 2.70 and 1.05 WHIP in three starts across 20 innings of work. Flexen is coming off a terrific performance against the NC Dinos, as he held their dangerous offense to 4 hits and 1 earned run in 8 innings.
Except Flexen to look the part against the Wyverns on Tuesday. He takes on an SK offense that is going into today with a batting average of .234. That’s dead last in the KBO. The Wyverns are also last in runs scored per game at 3.6 runs. Flexen should have another efficient outing in this one. The Bears should roll the Wyverns for a comfortable victory at home on Tuesday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.