The KIA Tigers, who have lost two games in a row, are looking for a turnaround in the first game of a three-game series over the weekend.
KIA, led by coach Kim Jong-guk, will play the 13th game of the season against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 15th. ‘Left-handed pitcher Young-gun’ Yoon Young-cheol took on the important role of starting pitcher.
After losing 9-10 against the Daegu Samsung Lions on the 12th, KIA immediately went home and played a home game against the Lotte Giants on the 13th. The result was a 1-3 loss (6th inning rain cold). KIA’s season record, which recorded two consecutive losses, was 60 wins, 2 draws, and 54 losses, and a ‘red light’ was turned on for 4th place Suseong.
The final match of the regular season against Lotte, scheduled for the 14th, could not be held due to rain. This is the 22nd rain cancellation this season, and the game will be rescheduled at a later date as there is no reserve date. According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO)’s plan, all teams should complete their regular season schedules on October 10th, but in the case of KIA, four games were canceled due to rain after the announcement of the remaining game schedule, so games must be played until mid-October. .
Will KIA believe that taking a day off will help players who are on안전놀이터 a losing streak, or will they be more concerned about the number of games postponed due to rain increasing? The commander’s answer was the latter.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said before the Doosan game, “We were pushed back too much. Resting yesterday (14th) may have helped, but we still have to play more games later anyway.” “It was an opportunity to recharge, but as there are more games, it seems like it will be difficult until the end,” he expressed concern.
In addition, Doosan is sending out the team’s first to third starters at once this weekend, including Brandon Waddell, Raul Alcantara, and Kwak Bin. Doosan, which is ranked not only in 5th place but also in 4th place, is aiming for at least 2 wins in the game against KIA. On the other hand, KIA prepared for a three-game series on the weekend in the order of Yoon Young-cheol, Hwang Dong-ha, and Thomas Panoni, if all goes according to plan. Left-hander Kim Ki-hoon, who was originally scheduled to be the starter against Lotte on the 14th, is likely to appear in relief against Doosan on the 16th.
Coach Kim Jong-guk joked, “(Doosan) has adjusted the rotation like that. What should we do?” and then added, “We have to use only domestic players, but especially in the games on the 15th and 16th, young players will be starting, so there is no pressure and we can just relax. “I will do it. If Hwang Dong-ha goes to 5 innings like he did last time on the mound, Kim Ki-hoon will go behind him briefly, and if not, we will add another sure-win team,” he said of his plan.
Meanwhile, KIA facing Brandon Waddell is Doyoung Kim (shortstop), Changjin Lee (center fielder), Seongbeom Na (designated hitter), Hyungwoo Choi (left fielder), Seonbin Kim (second baseman), Woosung Lee (right fielder), Daein Hwang (first baseman), Junsu Han ( The lineup was formed in the following order: catcher) – Choi Jeong-yong (third baseman). Foreign hitter Socrates Brito will not start as a starter due to rest, and Choi Hyung-woo and Lee Chang-jin will play left field and center field defense, respectively.