As of the 20th, LG is leading the league with 75 wins, 2 draws and 47 losses. It is far ahead of second-place KT Wiz by 6.5 games. 토토사이트
Ko Woo-suk, the recent finisher, had great power to keep the top spot like this. Ko Woo-suk took the mound in the top of the eighth inning when he was chased 5-3 in the first round of the doubleheader against SSG Landers on the 17th, caught Kim Kang-min and Choo Shin-soo with strikeouts and center field flies to prevent one ⅔ scoreless inning and kept his victory. In the match against Gwangju KIA on the 19th, he pitched at first base with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning when he was trailing 4-3, and saved two scoreless innings. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop was able to firmly maintain his No. 1 position by putting Ko Woo-suk early in the eighth inning, not the ninth inning, to protect his team’s victory.
The best finish like this is no longer in the team. I have to go to the Asian Games for about two weeks.
In the meantime, coach Yeom has announced plans to deploy must-win groups such as Baek Seung-hyun, Yoo Young-chan, Park Myung-geun and Ham Deok-ju in accordance with the situation for Ko Woo-suk’s replacement finish. In other words, there is no finish, but the pitcher who takes the mound according to the score and the opponent’s batting order, batters, and pitchers’ condition will be finished in the ninth inning accordingly.
But the most likely alternative finish was Ham Deok-ju. He had enough finishing experience to record 55 saves in his career when he was with the Doosan Bears, and he also finished in the Korean Series. Even when Ko Woo-suk was injured early this season, he made four saves with Park Myung-geun as a closer.
He also had the best performance among bullpen pitchers this season. He had four wins, four saves and 16 holds with a 1.62 ERA. The on-base percentage (WHIP) per inning was 0.97, which allowed fewer than one person to get on base in one inning. While pitching 55 ⅔ innings, he struck out 59 and walked only 22. That’s how good the game was.
In the remaining games, LG needs to seal its regular league championship. The atmosphere can be improved, but in the case of a close game, pressure can be put on bullpen pitchers. Of course, we need experienced pitchers. The reason why head coach Yeom took Ham Deok-ju out of the first division when he showed fatigue was to prepare for when Ko Woo-suk was out.
But that Ham Deok-ju is not coming. Ham Deok-ju’s arm condition did not improve more than expected, and the hospital examination showed inflammation. I expected the inflammation to disappear while resting, but contrary to expectations, the inflammation remained in the recent examination. Eventually giving up the rest of the season. We have to wait for him to return to the postseason.
Plan B must now be activated again. In an emergency without Ko Woo-suk and Ham Deok-ju, the championship should be confirmed.
Baek Seung-hyun, who is writing the era of success from shortstop to bullpen pitcher, has a 2.05 ERA with one win and one save and seven holds in 32 games this season. He has a hit rate of .191 and a WHIP of 1.11.
Yoo Young-chan posted a 3.57 ERA with six wins, two losses and nine holds in 56 games. The hit rate is .222, and WHIP is 1.36. Rookie Park Myung-geun recorded four wins, two losses, five saves, seven holds, and a 3.88 ERA in 49 games. With a hit rate of .222, WHIP is 1.29. They are all showing good performances.
If you add experience to this, there is Kim Jin-sung. In 2014, he made 25 saves as a closer for the NC Dinos. This season, he has played in 69 games, the most among the bullpen pitchers of the 10 teams, with four wins, one loss, one save and 17 holds, and an ERA of 2.37. He pitched 60 ⅔ innings with a forkball, the decisive ball, and struck out 61 times.
Who will finish the championship of the LG Twins, who is approaching the regular league title for the first time in 29 years. It may be burdensome, but it is an opportunity to be on the page of history. I’m curious about coach Yeom’s choice.