‘Perfect rebound’ LG finally launches the ‘KEY’ selected by the command tower, will it prove its extreme majesty once again in September?
LG ended the nightmare of three consecutive away losses last weekend and successfully rebounded with two consecutive wins. And finally, the ‘KEY’ player selected by the head coach takes the mound. This is LG’s left-handed pitcher Kim Yun-sik (23).메이저놀이터
The LG Twins will play the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the Hanwha Eagles at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul at 2 p.m. on the 2nd.
LG won 10-0 in the first of a three-game series against Hanwha the previous day (the 1st) and gained momentum with two consecutive wins. LG, which recorded 67 wins, 41 losses, 2 draws (win rate 0.620) this season, maintained first place with 5.5 games ahead of second place KT (63 wins, 48 losses, 2 draws, win rate 0.568), which was defeated by Kiwoom on the same day. . On the other hand, Hanwha fell into an 8-game losing streak with a record of 42 wins, 61 losses, and 6 draws. LG has an advantage over Hanwha this season with 6 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw.
LG suffered a three-game sweep to NC Dinos in Changwon last weekend. The lead with second-place KT was narrowed to 4.5 games, and it seemed like a crisis was coming. LG and KT will play a three-game series midweek at KT Wiz Park in Suwon next week. It was a situation where LG could be under enough pressure. However, they succeeded in turning things around by recently winning two games in a row.
Now, a starting pitcher who will continue the upward trend will take the mound. This is Kim Yun-sik. In the game on the 2nd, LG announced Kim Yun-sik and Hanwha had Sanchez as their starters. Hanwha Sanchez has started 17 games this season and has 6 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.63. In contrast, Kim Yun-sik recorded 3 wins, 4 losses, and an average ERA of 5.29 in 11 games this season.
The reason why Kim Yun-sik’s shoulders are heavy, but fans are raising their expectations. This is because they took the opportunity due to the unexpected injury of foreign ace Adam Plutko. Plutko left the mound on his own after allowing 1 run in 4 innings in an away game against the NC Dinos on the 26th of last month. Afterwards, he went to Seoul and was examined at a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bruise on his left pelvis. It is expected that it will take about 4 to 5 weeks for his return.
LG Kim Yun-sik.
Kim Yun-sik has been quietly throwing balls around in the Futures League and waiting for the first team to call him. By recruiting Choi Won-tae through a trade, LG established a clear five-start system consisting of ‘Casey Kelly, Plutco, Lim Chan-gyu, Choi Won-tae, and Lee Jeong-yong.’ LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop, the commanding tower, said of Kim Yun-sik, “I will wait longer and raise him when necessary,” but that time came quickly. Director Yeom expressed his trust, saying, “(Kim) Yun-sik can be considered ‘Key’. He should hold up well. He prepared a lot.”
Kim Yun-sik participated in 4 Futures League games, recording 1 win, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 5.52. In 14⅔ innings, he allowed 17 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, struck out 10, allowed 9 runs (9 earned), and posted a hitting percentage of 0.288. He recently pitched well against Sangmu on the 23rd with 3 innings, 1 hit, no hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and no runs.
Turn back time and it was September of last year. Kim Yun-sik achieved ‘untouchable’ results with 3 wins, no losses, and an ERA of 0.31 in 5 games in September. At that time, he pitched 29 innings in the month of September, showing perfect pitching with 19 hits, 9 walks, 28 strikeouts, and 2 runs (1 earned). Then, in Game 3 of the playoffs against Kiwoom Heroes, he left a strong impression by pitching well in 5⅔ innings, allowing 3 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and allowing 1 run.
About a year passed and September came again. Will Kim Yun-sik be able to show his strong performance in September again? LG fans’ expectations are rising.