Lotte’s ‘national left-hander’ will make a surprise start today (25th), and will the eliminated starters be a new card

Lotte Giantsnative starters are set to make changes. Excluding Park Se-woong (29), the teams fourth and fifth starting pitchers has become inevitable.

Lotte’s starting rotation this season was Aaron Wilkerson, Park Se-woong, Charlie Barnes, Na Kyun-an and Lee In-bok. The system lasted until late April before Lee moved down to the second division.

Lee In-bok, who secured the starting position at the spring camp after breaking through competition, lost two games and posted an ERA of 7.00 without a win in six games in the first division. He pitched well a few times, but failed to give credence to his players. He was eventually eliminated from the starting rotation after a game against Sajik Kiwoom (four innings, five hits, five walks, and five runs).

Since then, Lotte has deployed alternative resources twice to the starting lineup. Left-hander Hong Min-ki (23), who returned to the first division in three years after his discharge from the military, took the mound against Sajik LG on the 12th and recorded four hits, two outs, one strikeout and two runs in two ⅔ innings. He seemed to be shaky in his control, but manager Kim Tae-hyung said, “It was okay when I threw the starting pitcher.”토토사이트

In the match against Doosan in Jamsil on the 19th, Lee Min-seok (21), the first designated player in 2022, who underwent Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament joint surgery) and went through a rehabilitation process, came up. Although he showed an ordinary appearance with three hits, one out and four strikeouts and two runs in three ⅓ innings, he impressed by spraying a fastball in the mid-150km/h before going down the mound due to a finger injury.

Lotte will also have another starting pitcher to take the mound in the first division. Lotte announced left-hander Kim Jin-wook (22) as its starting pitcher at Tuesday’s game. He has taken the mound in seven games (six starting pitchers) in the Futures League this year, recording one win, one loss and an earned run average of 2.97. While striking out 28 during 30 ⅓ innings, he has displayed compliance with 11 walks. He has already joined the first division squad recently, and has pitched in the bullpen.

Although it is his first time to play in the first division league this season, Kim is a seasoned player with more experience than his years. Since his debut in 2021, he has played in 103 games for the first division during the three seasons up to last year, posting eight wins, 12 losses and a 6.37 ERA in 16 holds. In the 2022 season, he joined the opening rotation and made 12 starts. In 2021, when he was a rookie, he also made the 2020 Tokyo Olympics national team.

Kim already nailed Kim Jin-wook as a starting material from the beginning of the season. In early April, Kim said, “I think the starting pitcher is more suitable for you. You have to come up in the middle and watch the game with one or two batters, but you can’t be swayed by your ball control there. I think the starting pitcher is more suitable for you as you can cope with the next batter.”

Kim Jin-wook’s pitching is drawing all the more attention because Na Kyun-an (26), the starting pitcher on the previous day, didn’t perform very well. Although Na started pitching in the match against Samsung on Monday, he was sluggish in the game as he allowed four hits, seven walks, six strikeouts and five runs in four innings. Notably, he allowed four hits and two walks in the first inning alone, and allowed five runs. Since then, he had no run until the fourth inning, but was shaken up by seven walks, his personal record, and eventually failed to take the mound in the fifth inning. Lotte, which passed the game from the beginning, ended up losing the game 5-11. It fell to 10th place again in just one day, without any fruitful results in eliminating the previous day.

Na’s lackluster performance is a concern for Lotte early in the season. He pitched in 10 games this season and lost 1-6 with a 7.49 ERA. After starting with three straight losses, he won his first game of the season against Sajik KT on April 21, but has lost three straight games again. It is an incredible record that he has been selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games team with a 3.98 ERA in 117 ⅔ innings in 2022, and a 3.80 ERA in 130 ⅓ innings last year.

Kim had already announced that he would give Na a chance. On top of that, he also replaced his catcher as a starting pitcher to change the mood of the game on Monday. However, as he failed to take advantage of this opportunity, the schedule for Na’s upcoming appearance will be uncertain.

If this happens, young players such as Kim Jin-wook and Lee Min-seok, or Lee In-bok, who was eliminated from the starting rotation, will drool over the two spots. Pitchers are in desperate need of good pitching to secure an opportunity. This is why we need to pay attention to their next appearance.

Lotte has no problem with its top starting lineup. As of Tuesday, Lotte ranked No. 1 in the league with 23 quality starts (more than six innings and less than three earned runs) through Tuesday, and 20 of them were first to third starting pitchers (Wilkerson, Barnes, seven each, and Park Se-woong, six). Na Kyun-an was the only one, and Lee In-bok was the only one. In the end, the performance of the fourth and fifth starting pitchers determined the team’s future performance.

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