In Daegu, ‘Dalgubeol’, a selection match between survivors and the team’s foreign ace takes place. Lee Jeong-yong of the LG Twins and David Buchanan of the Samsung Lions are the main characters. LG and Samsung will play the 14th game between the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season teams at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 16th. Samsung, which won the game the previous day by a 6-5 come-from-behind victory, sets out to secure a winning series, while LG, which failed in its 6-game winning streak, wants to avenge its defeat.
In particular, the starting pitchers of the two teams are eye-catching. Lee Jung-yong competed with Lee Ji-gang for the 5th start, but in his recent two starts, he pitched 6 scoreless innings (against Jamsil Kiwoom Heroes on the 2nd) and 5 scoreless innings (against the Gwangju KIA Tigers on the 9th), respectively, drawing attention from the coaching staff. received.
Moreover, it is more meaningful in that it has overcome not only Lee Ji-gang, but also fierce competitors such as Lee Min-ho, Kim Yun-sik, and Kang Hyo-jong, who are looking for opportunities to enter the starting lineup in the second group. 안전놀이터 When asked about Lee Jung-yong ahead of the game against Samsung on the 15th, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I became a completely different pitcher with just one forkball. What was bad at the beginning of the season was that he had a slider and reached the limit, and the number of pitches increased. At the same time, the strikeout rate fell and the hit rate went up. , It has changed drastically by reducing the number of pitches per inning to 15 by adding pitches.”
After pitching 2 innings against Jamsil Lotte on June 25, his first start, Lee Jung-yong gradually increased his innings, and now his condition has improved to the point where he can comfortably play 5-6 innings. Against Samsung this season, 4 games, 4 innings, 3 wins, an average ERA of 4.50, all 4 games were relief appearances.
Buchanan, who tried to continue the atmosphere of the previous day, proved his qualifications as an ‘ace’ by achieving quality starts in the last three games. In the match against Incheon SSG Landers on the 11th, the previous appearance, he recorded 9 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in 6 innings, and after his debut in the KBO League, he threw 127 pitches, the most pitches in an individual game, and led the team to victory.
Buchanan recorded an average ERA of 2.89 in 4 games, 28 innings, and 1 loss against LG this season. In particular, his hit rate was only 0.165, so he suppressed his hits. As the team’s winning streak and securing the winning series depended on the game, Buchanan was ready to pour everything this time around. However, it remains to be seen what effect he will have from throwing a lot of pitches and only taking four days off.