After a strong first half, the LG Twins have fallen off a cliff. Their winning percentage in July is .300 (3-7), the worst among the 10 teams. Most of all, the starting lineup has been virtually wiped out, which is unacceptable for a team challenging for a major championship. In the end, there is no other way to bolster the roster in-season. We can’t help but think of a “win-win” trade with another team.
The LG Twins lost the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League away game against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, South Korea, by a score of 3-4 in 12 extra innings. The loss was LG’s fifth straight, as the team failed to reach the nine-run mark once again. With 49 wins, two draws, and 33 losses, LG remained atop the league standings. However, they are now half a game behind second-place SSG Landers, who beat Samsung 8-7 on the same day. Third-place Doosan is also 4.5 games back. Fourth-place NC is 6.5 games back. It’s not a comfortable ride by any means.
LG’s goal this season is to win the championship. Many baseball people believe that LG’s time to win is this season. The team’s batting lineup is too good to be true. The problem is the starting pitching. In fact, only Adam Plutko and Chan-kyu Lim have been effective in the first half of the season. Plutko is 11-2 with a 2.33 ERA this season, and Chan-gyu Lim is 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA and one save.
On the other hand, No. 1 starter Casey Kelly hasn’t been as good, going 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA. Furthermore, the fourth and fifth starters were rotated throughout the first half of the season, and none of them really stuck. Initially, LG had Kim Yoon-sik and Lee Min-ho as the third and fourth starters, respectively, before the season, but neither of them found their form and were dropped from the lineup. Kim Yun-sik is expected to return by mid-August.
There are many ways to bolster the starting rotation, but the first is to convert existing bullpen resources into starters. LG has already implemented this plan. In his three starts, Lee has gone winless with a 6.75 ERA. “It’s greedy to expect a lot from him,” said LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop, “but it’s okay if he pitches five innings and three runs or less.” 토토사이트 The pressure was off. Lee will start against the Suwon KT on the 27th.
The teams that have been on the rise lately have something in common. They have a solid starting lineup. Doosan, which lost to Lotte the day before on the 26th after an 11-game winning streak, is anchored by a top-notch foreign one-two punch of Alcantara (10-3, 2.00 ERA) and Brandon (3-1, 0.87 ERA). Kwak-Bin Kwak (8-3, 2.44 ERA) is an unenviable third starter with a 1-2 record. Choi Won-jun (2-7, 5.08 ERA) and Kim Dong-ju (2-4, 3.11 ERA) are also doing their part. Doosan is the clear favorite in July with a .917 winning percentage (11-1). LG will host Doosan in the Jamsil Rivalry this weekend.
KT has a similarly strong starting lineup.