Seo Jin-yong, Ko Woo-seok, and Kim Won-joong, “Pulpal”
SSG, LG, and Lotte compete fiercely for the lead, and the absence of a finishing
pitcher Samsung and Hanwha
side by side fall to the bottom of the league
. This is evident in the KBO League메이저사이트 leaderboard at the beginning of the 2023 season. SSG, where Seo Jin-yong, who has been reborn as an iron wall finisher, is holding out, and LG, where Ko Woo-seok, the king of salvation, returned last season, are competing for the lead side by side. With Kim Won-joong alive, Lotte started chasing the leader with a 5-game winning streak. On the other hand, Samsung and Hanwha, which failed to find the right person for the back door, fell to the bottom.
SSG, who won the ‘Wire-to-Wire’ last season, cited the finisher as the only weakness. Last year, we used Noh Kyung-eun and Kim Taek-hyung, but they were not satisfactory. But this season has been different. Seo Jin-yong is doing his best. Seo Jin-yong, who had an average ERA of 4.01 with 67.1 innings last season, threw 11.1 innings in 11 games as of the 26th of this season and did not give up a single point. Seo Jin-yong, who maintains an ERA of ‘0’, is the sole leader in this category with 9 saves, with a mid-140km fastball and a forkball with a large drop.
LG, which is competing for the lead with SSG, is also gaining momentum with the return of Go Woo-seok. While Ko Woo-seok was gone, LG left the back door to Lee Jung-yong. Lee Jeong-yong endured with 2 wins and 3 saves in 12 games, but his ERA was not stable at 5.91. However, Ko Woo-seok, after returning, threw 3.1 innings in 3 games, 1 win, 1 save and no runs, showing the appearance of the king of salvation last season.
Kim Won-joong, who was anxious at the beginning of the season, is also leading Lotte’s rise with stable pitching. Kim Won-joong is continuing his streak of 5.2 scoreless innings with 1 win and 1 save in the 5 games he has played since the 15th. Lotte tied for third place with Doosan and came up.
Samsung and Hanwha, who fell behind in 9th and 10th place side by side, are worried about finishing. Samsung chose left-hander Lee Seung-hyeon as a replacement as Oh Seung-hwan’s ball became dull. Lee Seung-hyun, who was anxious, got on the mound in the thin ice situation with a 1-0 lead against Doosan on the 26th and perfectly blocked 1.1 innings, but he is still uneasy.
On the other hand, Hanwha still has no answer. Hanwha has only recorded one save this season. Jang Si-hwan, who was dropped as a finisher at the beginning of the season, threw only 2 innings in 3 games and was notified of the second group. Jang Si-hwan is on a 19-game losing streak. Hanwha is mobilizing Kim Bum-soo, Park Sang-won, and Kang Jae-min, but they cannot find the right person.