Doosan vs LG, a ‘spear and shield’ battle… who will laugh

Who will win the battle between the spear of the Doosan Bears and the shield of the LG Twins?

Doosan scored a whopping 20 hits in the second game of the 2021 KBO Wild Card Game (WC) against the Kiwoom Heroes, which ended at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the afternoon of the 2nd, and won a great 16-8.

Doosan, who placed 4th in the regular league, lost the first game at WC, but won the second game and entered the semi-PO stage, where 3rd place LG is waiting. Doosan has laid the foundation for the Korean Series for seven consecutive years.

Doosan and LG will play the first round of the semi-playoff (semi-PO, best-of-three) at 6:30 pm on the 4th at Jamsil Stadium.

In this year’s opponent record, Doosan showed a slight advantage with 7 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. Doosan’s previous postseason relative record also led with 10 wins and 7 losses (including whole-body OB).

Doosan has the upper hand in hitting.

Doosan’s team batting average is 0.268, which is higher than LG’s (0.250). The team’s leading hitter Park Geon-woo recorded a batting average of 0.325, and Jose Fernandes posted a batting average of 0.315, boasting still accuracy.

Doosan’s slugging power is also hotter.

Yang Seok-hwan, who transferred from LG this year, had a career high season by hitting 28 home runs, while Kim Jae-hwan, the 4th hitter, shot 27 home runs and showed off his slugging power. Fernandes also hit 15 home runs.

Doosan also boasted great firepower in the 2nd WC match.

He showed off his scoring ability by concentrating on 27 hits in two games and scoring 20 points. Jaehwan Kim recorded 3 hits in 7 at-bats, including one home run, and Fernandes marked a batting average of 40,000 (4 hits in 10). Yang Seok-hwan swung a fire bat with 3 hits and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats in Game 2 of WC. Kang Seung-ho and Park Se-hyuk also hit three hits in five at-bats side by side in the second game.

LG has a stronger pitching team than Doosan.

Compared to Doosan, which cannot operate all foreign pitchers, LG has two foreign pitchers in good health. Casey Kelly (13-8, 3.15 ERA) and Andrew Suarez (10-2) with a 2.18 ERA are holding out with 23 wins. Suarez is likely to start the semi-PO first leg.

Kelly appeared in two games against Doosan this season, recording a good record with a 3.00 ERA with two wins and one loss, while Suarez appeared in three games against Doosan and recorded a 3.38 ERA with one win and one loss.

The existence of the finisher Koh Woo-seok, who posted 30 saves this year in LG’s exclusive bullpen led by Jung Woo-young, Lee Jung-yong, and Kim Dae-yu, who recorded an ERA of two points, is also reliable.

This year, LG’s team ERA was 3.57, which was the best among the 10 clubs.

Doosan’s team ERA was 4.26, placing third overall. However, one-two punches Ariel Miranda and Walker Rocket, who both recorded an ERA of two points, left the line.

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