2020-07-17 05:30:00 EDT
The KIA Tigers and Doosan Bears meet Friday morning in South Korea KBO baseball action at the Gwangju Kia Champions Field.
The KIA Tigers look for a win after winning five of their last seven games and they just lost two of three to the Samsung Lions. The KIA Tigers pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in 16 of their last 26 games. In their last effort, Preston Tucker and Han Seung-taek combined for four hits and four RBI while Yang Hyun-jong allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3.1 innings of work. The KIA Tigers have won 18 of their last 29 games overall. Aaron Brooks gets the ball tonight for the KIA Tigers.
The Doosan Bears look for a victory after winning four of their last six games and just taking two of three from the SK Wyverns. The Doosan Bears offense has produced five or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. In their last effort, Kim Jae-hwan and Hur Kyoung-min combined for three hits and one RBI while Chris Flexen allowed zero runs and one hit in one inning of work. The Doosan Bears have won 19 of their last 34 games overall. Yu Hui-kwan gets the ball tonight for the Doosan Bears.
The Doosan Bears have won four straight meetings against the KIA Tigers and nine of the last 10 meetings overall. Nine of the last 12 meetings between the Bears and Tigers have produced single-digit run totals.
The Doosan Bears have had a productive week up to this point and have a serious h2h advantage that makes them and the slight plus money worth a look. However, the KIA Tigers have been far and away the more consistent team here and have the starting pitching edge. While Hui-kwan has a 4.97 ERA and 1.63 WHIP this season in 63.1 innings, Brooks has a 2.52 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 75 innings. Brooks has allowed three or less earned runs in each of his last nine starts.
I’ll go against history and lay the reasonable price with the KIA Tigers in game one of this series.