(KBO) Doosan Bears vs NC Dinos Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
- NC Dinos open up this series on top of the KBO table!
- Despite the strength of their play, Doosan Bears are struggling to catch the Dinos.
- Dinos enter the match with a five-game win-streak, best in the league.
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|Date & Time:||Tuesday, June 9, 2020; 5:30 AM EST|
|Venue:||Changwon NC Park|
|Live Stream:||Watch on ESPN+ here!; KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!|
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Doosan Bears vs NC Dinos Game Odds
|Sportsbook||Doosan Bears||NC Dinos|
|BetMGM (NJ, NV, IN)||+135|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||+140|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||+140|
|BetRivers (IN, PA)||+140|
Doosan Bears and NC Dinos face off in what will be their fourth meeting of this 2020 KBO campaign. NC Dinos have the edge so far this season, with two wins out of three in their first series.
A win for Doosan Bears would bring them within three games of NC Dinos, who sit atop the KBO table.
A win for NC Dinos would give them a five-game lead over second-place Doosan Bears.
Doosan Bears Team Notes
|Manager:||KIM Tae Hyung|
|Standing:||19-10-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Christopher Flexen, PARK Chi Guk, LEE Hyung Seung
Doosan Bears have been doing their best to take down the competition and climb up the rankings, but the prior work of NC Dinos has prevented them from making their desired progress. These three matches will be crucial in closing the gap.
The Bears have found their way to second in the KBO, despite being one of the weakest pitching teams in the league. As a team they are posting a 5.28 ERA and are allowing the second-most hits across the KBO. Doosan have a number of solid pitchers, but their inconsistency and lack of depth has been their main issue at times.
Christopher Flexen has been one of their most reliable starting pitchers. He is one of two pitchers in Doosan’s stable that is throwing an under .300 ERA, along with HAM Deok Ju. In order to get off to a strong start against NC Dinos, Flexen seems like the optimal choice in their first match of this series against NC Dinos.
On the batting side of things is where Doosan truly shine. They are ranked third in the KBO in batting average, posting a .300 on the season. They have 315 hits to NC Dinos’ 316. Doosan have a number of players in the top-five hitting categories. Most notably, Jose Fernandez is second in the KBO in batting average with a .417 rating. Fernandez is also first in the league in hits (50) and tied for fourth in the KBO in RBI (27).
Over three matches with NC Dinos, Doosan Bears are 1-2-0. KIM Jae-ho and Jose Fernandez have been their most successful players at the plate in their previous series with a combined eight hits and four runs batted in. They have seven players with a plus-.333 on-base percentage.
NC Dinos Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Dong Wook|
|Standing:||23-6-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KOO Chang Mo, Drew Rucinski, LIM Jung Ho
NC Dinos are coming into this series after winning two of their previous three meetings against Doosan Bears. Currently ranked first in the KBO, this series will be the difference between an eight game lead in the table or a one game lead in the table.
NC Dinos have found their way to the top of the league table due to their tremendous overall performance. They are number one in the league at pitching, posting a 3.58 ERA on the year. Their bullpen has been so good that they are leading the league in hits allowed (238) by 28. NC Dinos have eight different players posting a sub-.400 ERA.
KOO Chang Mo has been incredible this season. The 23-year-old is posting a 0.66 ERA over 41 innings pitched. He along with Drew Rucinski are two of the best pitchers in the KBO this season. Rucinski is posting a very impressive 2.11 ERA over 38 1/3 inning pitched. The two are a formidable force, allowing 0.705 hits per inning between the two of them.
NC Dinos are just as impressive on the hitting side of things. As a team, they are ranked first in the KBO with a .304 average with a league-leading 207 runs. They are also leading the league in home runs (49) by a wide margin. Their players are amongst the top performers in all hitting categories.
Outfielder KANG Jin Sung is leading the league in overall hitting average at a very impressive .468 and is also number one in on-base percentage at .522. NA Sung Bum is also thrilling the league, with ten home runs and 27 total runs on the season. From top to bottom, NC Dinos are the most capable team in the KBO.
WSN’s Pick: NC Dinos def. Doosan Bears
This is a pivotal matchup for not only these two teams but for the KBO as a whole. We’re picking NC Dinos in this first match due to their consistency all over the field. Doosan has shown some impressive hitting ability, but their bullpen has shown some very exploitable weaknesses. NC Dinos have shown that they have the depth and timeliness to overcome Doosan’s ability to rack up runs.