SSG greets the fateful 12-game series
Chasing the leader LG Twins or being chased by a mid-ranking team. 2nd place SSG Landers stood at the crossroads of fate.
SSG, which had not been out of the lead since the beginning of the season, was in crisis. Since July, it has only been 11 wins and 14 losses (as of the 14th). During the same period, LG recorded 15 wins and 9 losses. The game that had been tossed and turned was broken. The game difference between LG (61 wins, 2 draws, 35 losses) and SSG (55 wins, 1 draw, 41 losses) stretched to 6 games. There are still close to 50 games left, but chasing is not easy.
While SSG hesitated, the pursuers caught up. KT Wiz, NC Dinos, and Doosan Bears, who formed the third place group, narrowed the gap. They are 3, 5, and 6 games behind SSG, respectively. With the exception of Doosan, the two teams are also behind in their opponents.
It is true that I have been through a hard time. The Pythagorean odds ratio statistics widely used in sabermetrics (a method of mathematically and statistically approaching baseball) tell us. SSG’s win rate, based on a formula based on points scored and conceded, is only 0.521. The gap with the actual win rate (0.573) is large. LG has little difference between the win rate (0.635) and the Pythagorean win rate (0.631). It means that SSG has narrowly won.
You meet a difficult team in a difficult situation. This week, we will meet distribution rival Lotte and No. 1 LG in turn. This season, he was ahead of Lotte with 7 wins and 3 losses. However, Kim Gwang-hyun, who is winning 11 consecutive wins against Lotte, cannot pitch in the rotation. In the match against LG, there is a high possibility of meeting Adam Plutko and Choi Won-tae. It’s a tough schedule. In particular, if you lose in a 3-game series with LG, the opportunity to pursue the lead disappears.
Next week we will face the pursuers. On weekdays (22nd-24th), NC will clash with Doosan on weekends (25th-27th). If you can’t overcome this hurdle, you can’t even guarantee a second place. Rank fights could become more chaotic. 안전놀이터 The reason why SSG has struggled lately is that the bat rarely explodes. In August alone, he suffered a whopping four defeats. In particular, in the game against Sajik Lotte on the 6th, he became the sacrifice of the 3rd team in the history of the KBO League with no hits and no runs. In the next game (against Incheon NC on the 8th), they failed to attack Eric Peddy and lost 0-2.
SSG, which uses hitter-friendly Landers Field, is the team’s top home run (85). However, in 11 games in August, he only hit two home runs. Except for Choo Shin-soo, the overall hitting feeling of the batters decreased. The injury of Guillermo Heredia, who played the role of a fixer, is also painful. Heredia, a sprain of the iliopsoas muscle (a muscle that runs from the hip joint to the thigh), can return only in September.
Still, the power of the pitching staff remains. In particular, the starting lineup has regained stability. Kim Gwang-hyun, whose ERA soared to 6.10 in July, threw more than 6 innings in the last 3 consecutive games and allowed less than 1 run. The batting line did not explode, so I recorded 1 win and 2 losses, but the content is good.
Foreign pitcher Kirk McCarty, who returned from an arm muscle injury, also survived. He pitched 20 and 2/3 innings in his last three games, giving up just four runs. Loenis Elias, who joined in May as a substitute, also succeeded in adapting to the KBO league, recording an average ERA of 3.94 with 5 wins and 4 losses in 11 games. Submarine Park Jong-hoon, who fell into a slump, also rejoined the starting team. The bullpen, led by Seo Jin-yong, who ranks first in saves, and Kyeong-eun Noh, who ranks second in holds, is also in good shape.