Is the ‘spirit of the universe’ flocking to the Lotte Giants?
Lotte took a honey-like break for the past two days. The last game of the three-game series against the KIA Tigers scheduled for the Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 4th was canceled due to ground conditions, and the Samsung Lions match scheduled to be played at the Sajik Stadium on the 5th was also canceled due to rain.
It was a particularly welcome rain for the Lotte bullpen. It is the bullpen that played the role of first-class contributor to 9 consecutive wins and leading the way by supporting the starting pitchers who are struggling, but there was a sign of a ‘yellow light’ coming in recently.
Lefty Kim Jin-wook, who plays the role of a swing man in the game, threw 9 innings in 7 games over the past 2 weeks. During this period, the only fight was against KIA in Gwangju on the 2nd and 3rd, but the ball, which was ‘untouchable’, was recently hit by batters’ bats. In addition to Kim Jin-wook, it was a time when bullpen pitchers such as veteran Kim Sang-su, Shin Jeong-rak, and Koo Seung-min needed a break. The rain that fell at the right time is therefore bound to be welcomed. 토토사이트
As of the 5th, the only Lotte starting pitcher who has thrown an average of 5 or more innings per game is Na Kyun-an (average of 6 innings per game). Park Se-woong, Barnes, Han Hyeon-hee (above 4⅔ innings) and Stray Lee (4⅓ innings) all fall short of pitching 5 innings. In terms of the number of innings the bullpen is responsible for per game, Lotte is tied for 3rd with Samsung with 3⅔ innings following Hanwha and LG (more than 4 innings).
Management is running smoothly. Due to the nature of the finish, there are not many consecutive fights for the rest of the pitchers, except for Kim Won-joong, who has no choice but to have a high proportion of consecutive fights. However, at this point where the elements of the starting rebound are not clearly visible, more organized operation and management should be done in terms of the fact that Lotte is expected to have more games relying on the bullpen for the time being. Since it is still early in the season with less than 30 games played, the importance of thorough management and rest is highlighted more.
Thanks to rain, which was welcome in many ways, the Lotte bullpen took two days off. The wind of 9 consecutive wins cooled down for a while, but through two days of rest, Lotte was able to stock up on power to recapture the lead.