(KBO) SK Wyverns vs Doosan Bears - Prediction, Odds & Live Stream
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- Doosan Bears look to continue their climb to first place as they take on one of the league’s bottom teams.
- SK Wyverns have shown improvement over their last ten games, particularly in the hitting department.
- Home field advantage goes to Doosan Bears in this matchup.
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|Date & Time:||Wednesday, July 15, 2020; 5:30 AM EST|
|Venue:||Jamsil Baseball Stadium|
|Live Stream:||Watch on ESPN+ here!; KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!|
Game Odds – SK Wyverns vs Doosan Bears
|Sportsbook||SK Wyverns||Doosan Bears|
|BetMGM (NJ, NV, IN, WV)||+140|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||+255|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||+255|
|BetRivers (IN, PA, CO)||+255|
We’ll be keeping an eye on a matchup between one of the KBO’s strongest teams, Doosan Bears, and one of its weakest teams, SK Wyverns.
At Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Doosan Bears will have a home-field advantage.
More than ten games behind the eighth seed, a win for SK Wyverns would only give them an additional half-game lead over the tenth place.
A win for Doosan Bears could give them sole possession of second in the KBO.
SK Wyverns Team Notes
|Manager:||YOUM Kyoung Youb|
|Standing:||18-41-0 (9th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: LEE Geun Wook, MOON Seung Won, Pinto Ricardo
SK Wyverns have been on the losing end of this series against Doosan Bears. Over six games played, they’ve won two while losing four. SK’s inferior pitching has been their bane against the Bears so far.
SK’s bullpen is currently ranked sixth overall in the KBO. They are posting a 4.74 ERA over their 59 games played, while allowing 307 runs over the course of the 2020 season. SK’s total runs allowed this season ranks them seventh in the league.
Their bullpen has shown inconsistency throughout the season. Their starting pitchers are posting a 4.40 ERA while their relievers are averaging a 5.28 ERA. Their relievers have struggled as of late, allowing a 6.28 ERA over their last ten games.
On the batting side of things, SK Wyverns are ranked last in the KBO. They are posting a .240 batting average over 59 games and have the second-least amount of hits in the KBO this season.
Despite going 4-6 over their last ten games, SK Wyverns have proven competitive in the hitting department. Despite a still negative hitting differential, they’ve lowered the difference over their last ten games to just minus-two (87:89).
Doosan Bears Team Notes
|Manager:||KIM Tae Hyung|
|Standing:||34-24-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Kang Ryul, HAM Deok Ju, Christopher Flexen
Doosan Bears have dominated this matchup so far this season, posting a 4-2-0 record against SK Wyverns. Their top-ranked batting is what has fueled their success.
The Bears remain at the top of the KBO in terms of hitting ability. They are posting a .301 hitting average on the season and are ranked fifth overall in total home runs. They are also ranked second overall in bases on balls (216).
Doosan’s hitters have been brilliant over their last ten games. They are posting a positive run differential of 16 in their last ten games, while also improving on their season batting average at .331.
Where Doosan has been vulnerable is at the mound. They are ranked eighth overall in the KBO, allowing a 5.13 ERA. While not regularly successful, they have been positive in spurts.
Doosan has the closest pitching ratio between their starters and their relievers in the league. Over their last ten games, the Bears starter: reliever pitching ratio is 4.82:4.78. Their consistency has fueled their successful 6-4 record over that span.
WSN’s Pick: Doosan Bears def. SK Wyverns
Take the Bears in this matchup. They’ve been on a positive run over their last ten games, where their usual weakness at the mound hasn’t been as exposed. Against a weak hitting team like SK, the Bears should experience little resistance.
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