Can ‘Jamsil Jesus’ be the first starter for the fall… The problem is this, what is the diagnosis of Yeom Kyung-yeop?
LG is leading the league, but LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop is having a headache thinking about running the mound these days. In fact, in the case of Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho’s sluggish departure, the 4th and 5th starting positions have to think about ‘Bullpen Day’ in the worst case.
In the end, the starting rotation of Lim Chan-gyu, the first starter in Korea this season, was adjusted and postponed to the 4th. Otherwise, you have to play two games early next week with 4/5 starts, but if you make a mistake and the bullpen consumption is high in both games, the team’s week-long operation can be hit hard. In the game against KIA in Jamsil on the 1st, starter Adam Plutko went down the mound earlier than expected, and on the 2nd, he had to put in players considering the bullpen operation. On the 2nd, Lee Jeong-yong, who was caught with 60 pitches, had to start, so he could not go all-in.
It is Manager Yeom who is hoping for Lee Jung-yong’s adaptation, who has turned to the starting lineup, and hopes that Kim Yun-sik or Lee Min-ho will return intact in the second half. If the 4th and 5th starters give ‘3 runs in 5 innings’, they have already calculated that they can survive with the bullpen in the second half when Yoo Young-chan and Baek Seung-hyun return. Considering the quality of the bullpen and batting line, it is not a lie. But the postseason is a matter of another nature. Rather, LG’s potential uneasy factor is on the side of foreign pitcher Casey Kelly (34).
It is too early to talk about the postseason. However, considering the current position of LG, which has already played 10.5 games to 5th place, and the overall team power, there is no one who can dispute the proposition that LG should wait until fall to play baseball. The postseason is different from the regular season. Because it is a clash of tremendous concentration, in the end, the ace responsible for the first game of the series and the important game is the most important.
LG’s first postseason starter last year was Kelly. The team that no one could deny was the ace. He pitched 166⅓ innings in 27 games for the season, posting an earned run average of 2.54. He’s had a decent postseason career, and I remember pitching decently in the fall. However, it is true that it is difficult to guarantee such an active performance with the current position. It’s gotten better, but I can’t find my old pitch while riding the falling roller coaster again.
Kelly is 6-4 in 16 games this season, but his earned run average is in the 4.37 range. Compared to last year’s performance, the strikeout rate (23% → 15.4%) decreased, and the hit rate (0.232 → 0.277) increased. The increase in the defense-independent ERA (FIP) is smaller than the increase in the average ERA, but anyone can read the feeling of struggling this year compared to last year.
First of all, the speed fell by about 1 km per hour from last year, and the number of revolutions slightly decreased, but it is not a decisive difference. LG sees it that way too. In the end, LG director Yeom Gyeong-yeop’s diagnosis is that the problem is the command. Director Yeom diagnosed Kelly, who scored 4 runs in 6 innings against KIA on June 30, saying, “I was hit in the middle in 1B-2S and 2S.
In other words, although the pitch itself is not that big of a difference from last year, it is seen as a problem with count fights and mismatches. Kelly’s strength is that he can throw various deciding balls where he wants, even though the ball is not a fastball, so it is possible to play aggressive games and digest cool innings. However, it is interpreted that this year, as the number of missed pitches in the middle increases and the number of hits accumulated, the performance deteriorates.
However, it is not an easy situation to replace now. Other clubs that need to replace foreign pitchers are also turning their eyes to independent leagues or Taiwan because they cannot find a suitable player in the United States. Aside from Kelly’s remaining salary, over time, the money available for replacement foreign players decreases by $100,000 every month, so even if I have money, I can’t spend it now. It’s hard to bring a good pitcher with a budget of around $400,000. If you have to pay the transfer fee, it is close to impossible. In this case, it’s better to just have Kelly with you.바카라사이트
Ultimately, the best scenario for LG is for Kelly to rebound and regain much of his former performance. Plutco, which is very active this year, also has painful memories from last fall, so there are parts that cannot be trusted 100% blindly. Will Jamsil Jesus be able to pitch in Game 1 of the first fall baseball series as he did last year? It can be one point to look at LG’s remaining season.