The best finish for the championship candidate is back. From now on, it’s a full-fledged first place hunt.
Woo-seok Ko of the LG Twins waits in the bullpen from the match against the NC Dinos in Jamsil on the 18th. On the 17th, LG excluded Lee Ji-gang from the first-team entry to make room for Go Woo-seok. Ji-gang Lee had good pitching with 1 hit and no runs in 2 games, so it is regrettable to send him to the 2nd team, but at the moment, Ji-gang Lee is the only player to be dropped.
Ko Woo-seok,안전놀이터 who was selected for the World Baseball Classic national team, was unable to participate in the tournament due to discomfort in the neck and shoulder area during a practice match against the Orix Buffaloes held in Osaka, Japan, just before the tournament. As a result of a checkup after returning to Korea, he has microscopic muscle damage, so he has been rehabilitating and now starts the season.
Lee Jung-yong, who had been in charge of the temporary finisher, actually showed anxiety. On the 2nd against KT Wiz (10-9 win), on the 8th against Samsung Lions (2-1 win), on the 12th against Lotte Giants (12-8 win), he recorded a blown save in all three save opportunities. While defending a 3-1 victory against the Doosan Bears with a scoreless run in the 9th inning, he made his first save of the season and the team’s first save and returned the finishing position to Ko Woo-seok.
LG won all the games where Lee Jung-yong made blown saves, but the finish was unstable, and LG, who played games with the overall bullpen feeling unsettled, couldn’t help but be happy with Ko Woo-seok’s return. This is because if Go Woo-seok takes over as the finisher and shows a sense of stability from last year, Lee Jung-yong will return to the setup man and the connection between the middle pitching team can be strengthened.
Now, you can take on the challenge for first place in earnest. LG is running second after SSG Landers, despite recent good results. On the 16th, the opportunity to rise to the top came, but unfortunately failed. At the time, SSG was behind NC, and LG was leading 4-1, so if the game ended as it was, LG could beat SSG and rise to first place. SSG lost to NC 5-10, but LG did not win. Pil Seung-jo collapsed one after another and lost to Doosan 5-10. With 9 wins and 5 losses, SSG with 8 wins and 4 losses maintained 1st and 2nd place without a ride. NC tied with LG with 9 wins and 5 losses with 2 consecutive wins, so it seems that the 3 teams in 1st and 2nd place without a game car are competing for 1st place.
The blow is awesome. Team batting average (0.296), hits (140), RBIs (82), runs scored (86), stolen bases (27), team OPS (0.792), etc. are all ranked first in most offensive indicators. In other words, as long as the mound is stable, a good enough result can be achieved.
LG, with Ko Woo-seok’s return, will challenge for first place against NC and Hanwha Eagles this week with a stronger bullpen.