Accumulated fatigue. Back-to-back close games. The first crisis of the season for the save leader.
SSG Landers closer Seo Jin-yong is currently leading the league in saves. With 34 saves through six days, he is nine away from second-place Kim Jae-yoon (KT). He is also just two saves shy of Ha Jae-hoon’s franchise record of 36 saves.
However, Seo has been having more and more shaky games lately. Until the end of last month, Seo was on a “no-blow” streak without a single blown save, and on August 27 against the Jamsil Doosan Bears, he recorded his first blown save of the season. With a 5-4, one-run lead, Seo entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and gave up a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 5-5, but SSG won the game in extra innings, giving Seo his first blown save.온라인바카라
After throwing another no-hitter in the next two games, Seo recorded his second consecutive no-hitter and blown save in his last two appearances. On March 3 against the KIA Tigers in Incheon, Seo entered the game in the top of the eighth inning with his team leading 6-5, but gave up the tying run to Kim Tae-gun to record his second blown save of the season. He then gave up the game-winning hit to Ko Jong-wook to take the loss. It was his third loss of the season.
Still, manager Kim Won-hyung defended Seo. Kim said, “There have been many times when Seo Jin-yong has saved difficult games. There is also the aspect that fatigue has accumulated over the course of the season. I want to tell him to play confidently in the future.” Seo Jinyong was resolute, saying, “I’ll try to do what I’ve been doing so far.”
But unfortunately, another blown save was recorded. On June 6 against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon, with the score 5-4 and one out, Seo gave up three consecutive hits to tie the game at 5-5 with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. While the blown save did not result in a loss, it weighed heavily on Seo’s mind as SSG went on to lose the game 5-6 in extra innings.
Three blown saves in his last five games. Of course, Seo’s save percentage has been phenomenal up until this point, so the three blown saves don’t detract from his overall performance this season. We also have to take into account the team’s overall decline in the second half of the season. However, it’s clear that the dominant closer has hit his first crisis of the season. Now it’s up to Seo Jin-yong to show that he can bounce back.