SSG ‘Sole 3rd’ team will face Kim Kwang-hyun in the final game, highlighting the importance of purchasing tickets for the semi-postseason.
The SSG Landers play their final game of the season. It’s the last game for third place.
SSG will host the Doosan Bears at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday for the final game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season. The day before (Nov. 16), SSG defeated Doosan 3-2 in Jamsil, while fellow third-place contender NC Dinos suffered a 2-4 upset against the Gwangju KIA Tigers. SSG took sole possession of third place.
A fateful final game remained. SSG will start their ‘ace’ Kim Kwang-hyun, while Doosan will start Jang Won-jun. It’s a must-win game for SSG.
If SSG loses the final game and NC catches KIA, the standings will flip again. NC will start Shin Min-hyuk and KIA will start Yang Hyun-jong. Yang Hyun-jong will try to reach 9 wins in the final game of the season. KIA is favored to win, but it’s hard to tell. NC sent out the ‘super strong’ Eric Peddy the day before, but their bullpen collapsed and they lost a 2-4 game in the bottom of the 8th inning.
When SSG starts fall baseball with a wild card game, they won’t have a ‘one-two punch’ against Doosan.
In the 16th game, they won thanks to a seven-inning, one-run performance by foreign pitcher Roenis Elias, and in the final game, Kim Kwang-hyun will take the mound.
After the final game, they will have a day off before the wild-card deciding game on the 19th, which means they won’t be able to use Elias and Kwang-hyun.
Even if they lose to Doosan, they’re still in a good position to qualify for the semifinals because they’ll still be in fourth place. However, with foreign pitcher Kirk McCarty out with an injury, not being able to use Elias and Kim Kwang-hyun is a concern.
Furthermore, SSG has a lot of veterans in its roster. In particular, left-hander Ko Hyo-jun and right-hander Noh Kyung-eun are 40 and 39 years old, respectively. Noh pitched a one-hit shutout on seven pitches the day before to add to her hold. In his late 30s, he pitched 76 games and 83 innings. He’s thrown the most of any bullpen pitcher this year, 바카라사이트 and while he’s starting to be labeled an “iron man,” he needs a break.
With Kim’s strong pitching and the offense’s support, the Giants will have four days off before hosting the first game of the semifinals on April 22. The season finale is important in many ways.
Kim Kwang-hyun is 8-8 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 games this season. He is looking for his ninth win. He failed to pick up a win in his last start against KIA on Tuesday, giving up four runs (two earned) in five innings. He is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts against Doosan.
Doosan starter Jang Won-jun is 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 games (nine starts). This will be his first start against SSG this year.