“카지노사이트I think the biggest key point is who gets injured due to bullpen overload in the second half.”
LG Twins manager Yoon Kyung-yeop (55), who finished the first half in first place, expressed his satisfaction but pointed to the overloaded bullpen as a second-half variable. No matter the team, he said, if they overloaded in the second half, they would struggle in the standings.
LG ended the first half in first place with 49 wins, 30 losses and two draws in 81 games, a winning percentage of 0.620, 2.5 games ahead of second-place SSG Landers.
Speaking ahead of the team’s game against the Hanwha Eagles at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 12th, Yeom expressed his delight at finishing the first half in first place. “It’s more meaningful to finish with a higher than expected win-loss margin than it is to be in first place,” he said. Yeom had originally set a target of +18, but LG ended the first half at +19.
However, Yeom said, “I was disappointed with the most important thing. “I think the most important thing was that we didn’t lose back-to-back games and we were in first place. “We tried not to overload the bullpen, but if the fourth and fifth starters can’t settle down in the second half, it could be overloaded,” he said.
LG coach Yoon Kyung-yup. /Photo=News1
Despite resting Yoo Young-chan and Baek Seung-hyun in advance to prepare for this, Yeom was still concerned about the second half. “A team that hasn’t organised its starting line-up could be overloaded and injured as the second half approaches,” he said.
To make sure the second half was as strong as Yoon thought it would be, several pitchers who didn’t play in the All-Star Game headed to the Futures (second team) to get some reps. In general, they performed well enough to make Yeom smile.
Lee Jung-yong, who started the Futures’ exhibition game against the Doosan Bears at LG Champions Park in Icheon on the 17th, pitched five innings of four-hit ball, walking one and striking out six. His fastball reached a high of 145 km/h.
After spending most of the first half of the season in the bullpen, Lee has made his last three starts, and while the results have been mixed, Yeom has used Lee as a way to solidify the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation.
“(Lee) is in the process of building his stuff. In the end, it depends on whether he can produce curveballs and forkballs or not,” he said. “If a pitcher who used to pitch one inning wants to start, it’s impossible with a pitcher who throws in the middle.”
LG left-hander Kim Yun-sik. /Photo=OSEN
“He’s a pitcher with a sense, so I think he’ll pick it up quickly, and only if that comes alive will he be able to reduce his batting average,” he said, adding, “We have to try anything (during the break), whether it’s throwing forkballs and curveballs or giving up walks. I’ve got to get my counts up. We need to get to 70 by the start of the second half, and then 80, 90,” he added.
Lee was successful on the day, throwing not only his fastball but also the curveball and forkball that Yoon ordered. He is scheduled to start against SSG Landers at home on the 23rd.
Kim Yun-sik also pitched three innings of one-hit ball with no walks and four strikeouts. “I’ll start with 30 pitches. We will increase the number of pitches in order from 30 to 50 to 70.” Kim threw 40 pitches on the day. It is urgent to increase the number of pitches without any abnormalities in health.
Yoo Young-chan and Baek Seung-hyun also pitched unexpectedly well in the first half. “They will all register in the second half. They will pitch two games and come up,” he said, adding, “(Baek) Seung-hyun will not pitch in the second half. It’s a shoulder problem and it’s his first season throwing properly after playing the field, so we’ll cut it short to one inning.”
Yoo Young-chan and Baek Seung-hyun, however, had mixed results. Yoo threw eight pitches in the first inning, giving up two hits and striking out one, while Baek Seung-hyun threw 19 pitches in the first inning, giving up three hits and two runs.
LG bullpen pitcher Yoo Young-chan. /Photo=OSEN