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Fall baseball is on the verge of elimination, and the fall of SSG is unusual

Will the jinx of the previous year’s winning team’s elimination from the fall baseball next year become a reality again. The fall of SSG Landers in professional baseball is unusual. 스포츠토토

SSG gave up all three away games against the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul last weekend. Including KT on the 12th and Doosan on the 14th, it has lost five consecutive games. During the losing streak, the team’s earned run was 6.70 and the team’s batting average was .219, showing a total difficulty.

Even if the scope is expanded to the last 10 games, the winning rate is 1 win, 1 draw and 8 losses, and the monthly winning rate is 2 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses.It is only 154. In terms of this month’s performance alone, it is at the bottom of the league, which is worse than Kiwoom, the last place in. It was the last victory of the recent season that he barely came from behind to win 6-5 against KT Wiz on the 10th.

The biggest reason for the slump is the sudden collapse of the mound. Foreign pitcher McCarty has been sluggish in September with six runs in three innings against Hanwha on the 5th, five runs in five innings against KT on the 10th, and seven runs in 3.2 innings against LG on the 17th. Moon Seung-won, Park Jong-hoon, and Oh Won-seok, who should play the role of 4-5 starters, are in a group trouble. Kim Kwang-hyun, the undisputed ace, also failed to play many innings in his recent appearance, showing a normal pitch compared to his name value. Originally, the starting lineup was SSG, but recently, there are no starting pitchers who can be clearly calculated.

The bullpen is also a problem. Believing closer Seo Jin-yong has made three blon saves in the last five games alone. There were only three games in which the starting pitcher recorded quality starts (less than three earned runs in six innings) and he did not get a single win. SSG’s ERA reached 6.91 in September. The batting line was also sluggish, but even if they scored and took the lead, they often suffered a come-from-behind loss due to the collapse of the mound and defense at a critical moment.

Jamsil Doosan Bears match on the 14th is representative. SSG led 2-0 until the top of the ninth inning with starter Elias pitching eight scoreless innings. However, Seo Jin-yong, the closer, collapsed in the bottom of the ninth inning and suffered a lie-like 2-3 come-from-behind loss with three runs.

In the game against LG on the 16th, the next game after a day off, he was dragged 0-3 until the fifth inning and scored four runs in the sixth inning to turn the tables, but immediately collapsed by allowing LG seven runs in two innings. In the subsequent doubleheader match on the 17th, Kim Kwang-hyun and McCarty were both given up even though they played one-two punches.

SSG took the lead first or tied the score, and then gave the opponent a concentrated hit and gave the flow. Looking at the recent performance, there is no sense of stability that SSG will win even if it is leading.

SSG is the defending champion who won the combined championship just a year ago. It also achieved the feat of winning the first regular season ‘Wire to Wire’. Even ahead of this season, most experts picked SSG as a strong favorite.

Although it was not as dominant as last season, the gap with No. 1 LG was only 2.5 games at the end of the first half. Until August, it had been competing with KT-NC for second place, where direct playoff is at stake.

However, SSG’s ranking has already fallen to sixth place, falling out of the competition for fall baseball. SSG, which has 62 wins, 2 draws and 59 losses, has a six-game gap with KT, currently in second place. With a half-game gap with fourth-place KIA, which has recently lost four consecutive games, and a 1.5-game gap with fourth-place Doosan, which has won six consecutive games, it is now in a position to compete hard for the fourth-place position with the last train ticket to fall baseball.

On the other hand, there is a view that the recent slump is due to the explosion of potential anxiety factors that SSG had. On the surface, nothing much has changed except for foreign players compared to last season’s winning history. However, the changed foreign players did not show as much stability as expected, and the main players are getting older.

Analysts say that the fall of SSG in the second half of the year is not irrelevant to the physical burden of overloaded veterans. Although he won the championship, the reality of SSG was that he lacked internal competition through the development or rotation of relatively young prospects as he had been all-in on Winnow for several years, and as a result, the player pool was getting narrower.

However, the team’s long-term direction is a matter that needs to be considered again at the final camp after this season. It is more urgent for SSG, which has lost its footing right now, to avoid the worst scenario of even eliminating autumn baseball. SSG currently have only 21 games left. Currently, there is no room for unreasonable changes or experiments, and in the end, there is no choice but to endure with existing power and expect efforts.

This week, SSG will meet Hanwha on the 19th, Samsung on the 20th, and LG on the 21st and face Lotte Giants at home from the 22nd to the 24th. If we don’t rebound the atmosphere here, we really can’t even make it to the 5th round. Who will emerge as the troubleshooter of escaping the crisis in SSG, which has not been winning for more than a week.

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