The LG Twins, who have erased even their only weakness, are accumulating multipliers with starting baseball in the second half.
The main concern of LG this season was the 꽁머니지급 starting pitching staff. The top starting pitching staff, including Adam Plutko, Casey Kelly, and Lim Chan-kyu, rotated smoothly, but the remaining two positions were a problem.
Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho went down to the 2nd team after suffering injuries and sluggishness, and Kang Hyo-jong was not enough to fill the vacancy.
LG has a solution. On the 29th of last month, Choi Won-tae, who was in charge of one axis of the Kiwoom Heroes starting lineup, was recruited through a trade. Choi Won-tae had a good record of 6-4 and an average ERA of 3.25 in 17 games at Kiwoom this year.
LG immediately enjoyed the Choi Won-tae effect. On the 30th of last month, when Choi Won-tae first pitched in an LG uniform, he had a good pitch against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil, 6 innings with 2 hits, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts and no runs. It was the moment when LG’s concerns melted away like snow.
The last puzzle was Lee Jeong-yong, who settled in the starting rotation. 5th starter Lee Jeong-yong received a passing grade by fighting hard with 3 hits and no runs in 6 innings against Kiwoom in Jamsil on the 2nd.
Regarding Lee Jung-yong, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I think the transition to starter was an opportunity to grow one step further. If I pitch like now, there is no need to remove him from the starting lineup.” praised.
In addition to this, Kim Yun-sik, Lee Ji-gang, and Lee Min-ho can add strength to the mound. For the time being, Kim Yun-sik will be in the starting rotation in the Futures League, and Lee Ji-gang will be assigned a long relief job.
On the 30th of last month, Kim Yun-shik started in the Futures League match against Sangmu and recorded 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk and 2 runs in 5⅔ innings.
Director Yeom said, “(Kim) Yoon-sik has to wait a little longer. He throws in accordance with the day when the 5th starter (Lee Jeong-yong) from the 2nd group to the 1st group pitches.”
Plutko, Kelly, Choi Won-tae, and Lee Jeong-yong achieved a quality start (QS, 6 or more starting innings and 3 earned runs or less) once in the second half, and Lim Chan-gyu gave only 2 runs in 5⅔ innings against Kiwoom in Jamsil on the 1st.
LG is showing off the starting baseball that it wanted so much. Manager Yeom laughed, saying, “The most important thing is that baseball is becoming a starter in the second half,” and expressed satisfaction, saying, “Everyone has the power to become a winning group, and the probability of winning is increasing.”