If possible, wouldn’t you like to turn back time and go to the starting point of the second half of the season? SSG Landers is having a hard time untangling the tangled threads.
SSG was pushed down to 5th place. SSG recorded an 8-8 draw against Suwon KT Wiz on the 9th after 12 extra innings. On the same day, the KIA Tigers won both games of the double header, pushing SSG to 5th place and rising to 4th place. Although they are only slightly behind in 5th place in terms of win percentage, it is a big shock to SSG.메이저놀이터
SSG was the sole leader in the first half of the season and finished the first half of the season in second place. They were the overall winning team last year and were looking to win again this year, but now they are in a situation where they need to revise their strategy. As the team’s win rate slipped in the second half of the season, they are now in a position to worry about advancing to the top five.
Like Anpuli’s team, it is a total mess overall. Mistakes occur in every important situation, and even when a ball is hit well, it often fails to become a hit. No points are scored from chances, and goals are easily conceded to the opponent. Recently, the bullpen has become tired, and the hitters are also going through slumps in turns.
But the biggest problem is the starting lineup. This week, SSG started a starting rotation consisting of Kirk McCarty, Gwang-Hyun Kim, Roenis Elias, Seung-Won Moon, and Won-Seok Oh. As the bullpen overload worsened, Park Jong-hoon was called up from the second team and used as long relief, but he never got a win as a starter. Rather, the only pitcher who lasted more than 5 innings was Elias (1 run in 6 innings against Hanwha on the 7th), and the remaining pitchers did not even last 4 innings.
Naturally, this led to bullpen overload. Because almost every game was a close game, pitchers who were considered sure-to-wins appeared almost every day. However, there was only one win in five games this week.
The game against KT on the 9th represents the recent trend of SSG. Starter Oh Won-seok gave up 2 runs first, and SSG’s batting line made it difficult for them to have a ‘big inning’ in which they scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning, and succeeded in turning the game around. However, the joy was short-lived as Oh Won-seok was shaken again in the bottom of the third inning, allowing as many as 4 runs and being pulled out even after scoring 5 runs in one inning. It was also disappointing that we were unable to help Oh Won-seok at all due to a series of defensive mistakes.
SSG, who had lost momentum, remained silent after that, and even gave up an additional run in the 5th inning. They miraculously scored 3 runs in the 7th inning to tie the score at 8-8, but that was all. The chances of winning that came after that were canceled either voluntarily or by someone else’s will, and the team lost in a draw until the 12th inning of extra innings.
The result is so exhausting. On this day, SSG retired after allowing 6 runs (3 earned) after Oh Won-seok recorded 85 pitches in 3 innings, and activated the bullpen starting in the 4th inning. Lee Kun-wook threw a whopping 55 pitches in two innings, and the third pitcher, Lee Ro-woon, also threw 32 pitches in two innings. Except for Ko Hyo-jun (13 pitches), Noh Kyeong-eun (35 pitches in 2⅓ innings) and Seo Jin-yong (33 pitches in 2 innings) all worked hard to pitch over 2 innings and 30 pitches, but the result was one that no one could laugh at. .
With the team in crisis, the SSG coaching staff expected a revival of the starting pitchers, but the returns were not satisfactory. SSG has not recorded a starting win in 9 consecutive games since the Incheon Kiwoom Heroes game (McCarty won) on August 30th. Although the team only won once during that period, it is the first clue to see how difficult the game has been recently.
The problem is that there is no alternative. Realistically, SSG’s starting rotation and starting batting order are comprised of the best members. There are virtually no alternative resources in Group 2. As for the starting lineup, Seung-won Moon was moved from the starter to the bullpen, and from the bullpen to the starter again, and Park Jong-hoon, who had been sent down to the second team due to poor condition, had no choice but to be recalled. Arranging traffic again here will only cause great confusion.
There are still 27 games left. How will SSG end the regular season? If you look at the recent games, it seems like you’re trying your best to overcome it, but the more you try, the deeper you fall into a swamp.