The Starting Pitcher For Game 3?
SSG, which lost the first round of the semi-playoff against NC, seeks to counterattack with veteran Kim Kwang-hyun
The SSG Landers, which gave up the first round of the 2023 KBO semi-playoff (semi-PO, three-win out of five) at home, will challenge against veteran Kim Kwang-hyun.
SSG and NC will play their second semi-PO match at 6:30 p.m. on the 23rd at SSG Landers Field in Incheon.
In the first game held the previous day, NC won 4-3 and took one win first, preempting the advantage. In the semi-playoffs, which were held as best-of-five games until last year, the chance for the winning team in the first round to advance to the playoffs is 71% (10 times out of 14 times).
On the other hand, SSG, which gave up the first game at home, fell on its feet. Despite starter Roenis Elias’ good pitching of two runs in eight innings in the first game, SSG was gradually defeated in silence of the batting line. Kim Kwang-hyun, who will start the second game, has a heavy shoulder.
Kim Kwang-hyun, who has played as an ace for a long time as a representative of Korean baseball, has abundant experience. He played in 22 career postseason games with four wins, three losses and three saves with a 3.35 ERA.
In this year’s regular season, he started 30 games and was not overwhelmed with 9 wins and 8 losses and an ERA of 3.53, but considering the weight and name value given by Kim Kwang-hyun, it is the best starting card that SSG can present.
He appeared in three games against NC this season, showing an easy performance with one win and one loss and an ERA of 3.31.
In particular, SSG has a burden that Kim Kwang-hyun must win the second game. It is also shocking to lose two consecutive games at home, but NC is likely to put on ace Eric Peddy as a starter in Game 3.
Peddy, who has become the league’s best pitcher with 20 wins-200 strikeouts this season, was not able to play as the first starter in the postseason due to a bruise in the right arm by Ko Jong-wook’s hit in the regular season match against KIA on the 16th.
Peddy, who was excluded from the wild card game entry against Doosan to recover from his injury, was likely to take the mound in Game 1 or 2 of the semi-PO, but decided to focus more on recovering from his injury.
If NC lost the first game, Peddy could have started the second game, but he decided to save it more because he had some room with the victory.
According to Kang In-kwon, Peddy has recovered about 90 percent. Since the 24th is a rest day, he is expected to take the mound in perfect physical condition in the third game two days later.
If SSG loses even the second game, it has no choice but to completely hand over the flow to the opponent. If even Kim Kwang-hyun collapses, there could be a sense of crisis that he could end the series with three consecutive losses. 스포츠토토