The strategy chosen by LG Twins coach Yeom Kyung-yeop to prepare for the departure of Ko Woo-seok (25) is ‘group finishing’.
LG’s three key players will leave the line on the 23rd. Pitchers Go Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young, who were on the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) baseball team, and infielder Moon Bo-kyung are leaving the team for a while. As the KBO League is scheduled to proceed without interruption during the AG tournament, how to fill the voids of the three players has emerged as a variable that will determine the number of leaders.안전놀이터
For LG, Go Woo-seok’s departure is significant. Go Woo-seok is an irreplaceable starting pitcher. Although his performance this season has been inconsistent, he is one of the bullpen resources that Manager Yeom Kyung-yeop trusts. In the first game of the double header against SSG Landers held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 17th, with a 5-3 lead, he came on the mound in the top of the 8th inning with one out and runners on second and third base, and saved one and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop does not prefer bullpen pitchers to pitch multiple innings, but he pushed for the ‘Ko Woo-seok card’ in moments of crisis.
Go Woo-seok, known as ‘Post Oh Seung-hwan’, became the youngest player in the league last year to achieve 40 saves (24 years, 1 month, 21 days) and became the first relief king (42 saves). He became the third LG player to surpass 100 saves in his career, following Kim Yong-soo in 1991 and Bong Jung-geun in 2015. Beyond LG, his position as a leading closing pitcher in the KBO League is solid.
Among the 12 pitchers named in Hangzhou AG’s final entry, Ko Woo-seok is the only closing pitcher. 2nd place KT Wiz (Kim Jae-yoon) and 3rd place NC Dinos (Lee Yong-chan) will play the league schedule during the Hangzhou AG period with their closing pitchers in good condition. On the other hand, LG even had Jung Woo-young, a former Hold King player from Side Arms who was Go Woo-seok’s replacement, selected to the national team. The bullpen depth (player base) is bound to deteriorate significantly.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop does not plan to entrust the tailgate to a specific player. Yoo Young-chan, Baek Seung-hyun, Park Myeong-geun, and Kim Jin-seong are all finalists. Adding Ham Deok-ju, who is recovering from an injury, will increase the number of cards to use. Coach Yeom assigned Lee Jeong-yong as the closing pitcher when Ko Woo-seok left early in the season due to injury.
However, perhaps due to the pressure, satisfactory results were not achieved. This is why we envision an operation that suits the situation rather than adding more burden to one person. Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop said, “I won’t necessarily decide on who to play, but I will do it according to the (opponent’s) batting order in the 9th inning. I think it can be seen as a group finish, not just one person.”