It’s good to be back on the KBO beat after a one-week vacation–thanks to Juan Carlos Blanco for handling the cheat sheet in my absence–though it appears that I’m dropping back in during a turbulent time. COVID-19 cases have been rising in Korea for some time, although the Korean government has thus far held off on measures that would force the KBO to pause. That could change now, however, as Eagles’ minor leaguer Jung Rak Shin tested positive for the virus Monday. As of writing, there’s been no indication that the league will cancel anything beyond the Eagles’ Futures League games, though a positive test for anyone on the Eagles’ active roster would automatically trigger a three-week shutdown. The league continues for now, however, as do KBO daily-fantasy contests on DraftKings, and this column will continue as long as those things remain true. Assuming Tuesday’s contests do indeed go forward as planned, we should be in for an interesting slate that includes quite a few pitchers who are worthy of consideration.
Raul Alcantara ($10,600) was making a strong case as the best pitcher in the league during an 11-start stretch from mid-June through early August, posting a 1.82 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He’s been considerably more pedestrian in his last three outings, however, posting a 5.00 ERA while striking out just 12 batters in 18 innings. He hasn’t been poor enough that we should worry too much, however, and his overall body of work, which includes a 3.04