Should we lead the replacement foreign pitcher, who was disappointing in WC, to the PO of the Dinosaur Corps? At the edge of the cliff, SSG ‘fights back’ with Oh Won-seok

NC, which is on the rise, and SSG, which is on the brink, will engage in another fierce battle. The spearheads are Tanner Turley and Oh Won-seok.

The third game of the 2023 KBO postseason semi-playoffs (best of 5) will be held at Changwon NC Park on the 25th. This series is being played between NC Dinos, who ranked 4th with 75 wins, 2 losses, and 67 losses in the regular league, and SSG Landers, who ranked 3rd (76 wins, 3 draws, 65 losses).

NC is currently ahead. They lost the battle for third place at the end of the regular season and started fall baseball with the wild card game (best of 2), but defeated the Doosan Bears 14-9 in the first game, which was played with a one-win advantage. NC, which gained momentum, is on a strong upward trend by winning both the first game (4-3) and the second game (7-3) of the semi-playoffs held on the road.

Above all, the reason why this result is more valuable is because it was achieved without Eric Peddy, who had 20 wins, 6 losses, 209 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.00 in 30 regular league games (180.1 innings) this season.

Peddie, who was excluded from the entry for the wild card game due to the aftermath of being hit on his right arm by Ko Jong-wook’s batted ball in the game against Gwangju KIA Tigers on the 16th, did not play until the second game of the semi-playoffs. He doesn’t appear in the third game either.

NC coach Kang In-kwon said after the second game, “In the pre-interview, he said it was Pedi, and he expressed discomfort and anxiety after training today. He went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with elbow impingement syndrome. Game 3 looks like it will be difficult. “I think he needs to take another look at his condition,” he explained.메이저놀이터

NC, which could advance to the playoffs with just one more win, chose Tanner as the starting pitcher instead. Tanner, who joined NC last August as a replacement for Taylor Widener (Samsung Lions), who was released due to severe ups and downs, is a pitcher whose strengths are stable game management and control. His performance this season is 5 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.92 in 11 games (64.2 innings). Against this opponent SSG, he met once in the regular league and became the winning pitcher with a comeback pitch in 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 2 runs.

However, he failed to smile in the first game of the wild card game, which was NC’s first postseason game. He gave no sense of stability, giving up a run in every inning except for the 4th inning, allowing only 7 hits, 1 home run, 3 walks, and 5 runs in 4 innings.

Fortunately, NC scored a victory in the game with the firepower of its batting lineup, but Tanner’s sluggish performance clearly raised concerns. Tanner’s rebound is essential for NC to go to Suwon, where the KT Wiz are waiting, on a 4-game winning streak in fall baseball.

The bullpen situation is not bad. Closing pitcher Lee Yong-chan is not showing stability, and certain winning team members such as Kim Young-gyu and Ryu Jin-wook are under some physical strain, but Choi Seong-young and Lee Jae-hak, who were starters in the regular league, have joined and are helping.

Offense is currently NC’s biggest weapon. While the momentum of young players such as Kim Hyeong-jun and Seo Ho-cheol are scary, veterans Park Geon-woo (Semi-PO 2nd game performance, 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 RBIs) and Son A-seop (2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 RBI) also hit well in the second game of the semi-playoffs. He was proud of his senses.

If foreign hitter Jason Martin’s exciting slugging power is added to this, the destructive power can be further maximized. Martin (2 hits, 1 RBI, 2 hits in 4 at-bats), who had been in a slump since the end of the season, provided the opportunity for a rebound by hitting the game-winning hit in the second game of the semi-playoffs.

SSG, driven to the brink, dreams of a turnaround drama by appointing Oh Won-seok as the starting pitcher. He was nominated by SK Wyverns (currently SSG) in the first round of 2020 and is a left-handed pitcher whose strengths are soft pitching form and powerful pitches. Until last year, his records were 13 wins, 15 losses, and an average ERA of 5.12 in 72 games (263.2 innings).

He improved further this season. Oh Won-seok, who appeared in 28 games (144.2 innings), posted 8 wins, 10 losses, and an average ERA of 5.23. Although his earned run average is somewhat high, he has proudly established himself as a member of the starting lineup. He faced NC four times this year and achieved a record of 2 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 4.98.

In particular, SSG is hoping that Oh Won-seok will show his performance in fall baseball last year. He made his postseason debut in Game 3 of the Korean Series against the Kiwoom Heroes last year and led SSG to victory by pitching 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, and 1 run.

The bullpen still has some room to spare. Although they lost two games in a row, they did not expend much resources. Starting pitcher Roenis Elias (8 innings, 4 hits, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts, 2 runs) and right-handed bullpen Seung-won Moon (4.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 home run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3 runs) prevented long innings in games 1 and 2, respectively. am. Left-hander Kirk McCarty, who played the role of ace in the regular league with 9 wins, 5 losses, and an average ERA of 3.39, is also scheduled to be on standby.

It’s still frustrating, but the batting lineup’s firepower is slowly coming back to life. In particular, Han Yu-seom, who hit consecutive home runs in the second game of the semi-playoffs (Semi-PO 2nd game performance, 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs) is proving his ‘Autumn DNA’, and Park Seong-han (2 hits in 4 at-bats) also shows good batting skills. Showing off.

In addition, if Kim Seong-hyun and Kim Chan-hyung, who were strong against Tanner as NC’s starter, continue their strength, and if supporting fire from central hitters Choi Jeong and Guillermo Heredia is added, the firepower could become even more powerful.

It is a confrontation between NC, which is aiming to advance to the playoffs, and SSG, which wants to lead the semi-playoffs to the fourth game. Who will be able to laugh after the game is over? Many people’s attention is focused on Changwon NC Park.

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