Heroes vs. Bears – KBO Playoffs, Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The opening game of the KBO Playoffs was tight for five innings before all hell broke loose. The Kiwoom Heroes hit first to build a lead and the Doosan Bears responded instantly.
We saw some twists and turns, but three runs in the last inning were more than enough for the Heroes to win this game. That forces a second clash on Tuesday and the winner will face the LG Twins in the next round.
I share my thoughts on both sides in this Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears betting preview. The post also includes the latest odds, my prediction, and a free betting pick.
Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears Odds and Lines
- Kiwoom Heroes to win; -120
- Doosan Bears to win; +100
- Kiwoom Heroes (-1.5); +145
- Doosan Bears (+1.5); -160
- Over 4.5; -115
- Under 4.5; -115
The Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears odds of the top baseball betting sites suggest that the clash will be tough to predict. I admit I expected a bit different based on the starting pitchers, as you will see in my analysis of both sides below.
Kiwoom Heroes – Consistency Is the Key to Success
The Kiwoom Heroes have been so inconsistent this season. At times, the team looked formidable in pretty much every area. The offense was scoring for fun and the pitchers had no trouble keeping quiet anyone in the league.
In other periods, the Heroes were shaky against even the weakest KBO squads and lost a bunch of games they should’ve won. That’s why the team barely made it to the postseason.
They clinched the last spot in the KBO Playoffs dramatically on the last day of the season and they won game one against the Bears.
Another victory would help them progress to the next round, so the team has everything to play for. Jeong Chan-heon is next in the rotation and the pitcher has two victories against the Bears already.
The veteran finished the season on a high as a whole and I expect a lot of support from the offense. Kiwoom’s confidence should be high after the opener, so I think that the Heroes enter this clash as the favorites.
Doosan Bears – Can the Team Keep the Momentum Going?
I admit that I almost wrote off the Doosan Bears at some point of the season. The team looked lost but a strong finish to the regular season was enough for the fourth place in the final standings.
It also gave the Bears the upper hand in the series against the Heroes. The problem is that the momentum might be slipping away after the first clash and I’m not sure that Doosan’s starting pitcher for Tuesday is good enough.
Kim Min-guy was left out of the rotation after poor results in the summer and only recently earned his place back. He’s been less than impressive in 2021 and the stats below prove it.
- Record: 2-3
- ERA: 6.07
- WHIP: 1.63
He played twice against the Heroes this season and looked ok, but I still can’t trust him in such a big game. The good news is that the Bears have a strong offense that can always explode.
Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears Betting Pick
I believe that the Heroes should enter this one as bigger favorites than the betting odds suggest. The team’s confidence will be high after the win on Monday and Kiwoom’s starting pitcher is way more reliable than what the Bears have to offer.
That’s enough for me to take the -120 price for the Heroes and I believe that’s the best pick available for this game.