“I wrack my brains with pitching coaches every day. Who do I send to the bullpen.”
The NC Dinos are in the center of a fierce five-team battle. NC manager Kang Myung-ho has other things on his mind.
NC will play the final game of the weekend series against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium on the 20th.
NC’s franchise star Lee Jae-hak, who has 79 career wins, is expected to return to the starting lineup. Currently, NC’s starting lineup is made up of foreign pitchers Peddie and Tanner, as well as Choi Sung-young and Lee Jae-hak.
Song Myung-ki and Shin Min-hyuk are battling for the remaining spot. “First of all, Lee Jae-hak will be back next week, and I’m still thinking about which one of them to choose,” Kang sighs.
Song Myung-ki has appeared in 25 games (13 starts) this year, going 3-7 with a 5.36 ERA in 80⅔ innings pitched. He pitched impressively in August, including two quality starts (6+ innings and 3 or fewer earned runs).
But he doesn’t deserve a starting spot. The bullpen is also looking to beef up. Of Ryu Ji-wook and Kim Si-hoon, who form the core of the NC bullpen, Kim’s delivery is not what it used to be. That’s why Song Myung-ki, who has a strong fastball, is considered first, rather than Shin Min-hyuk, who has a good fastball and changeup.토토사이트
“At the beginning of the season, Song Myung-ki showed good form in the bullpen. So I tried using him in the bullpen, but it didn’t work out when he went to the starting rotation and came back. His old urgency came back.”
Shin went 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 85 innings pitched in 19 games (18 starts). Relatively speaking, he was better than Song Myung-ki as a starter.
The timing of Koo’s return is undecided. He is still working on his 20-meter long toss. With Lee Jae-hak’s return, Lee Yong-jun will be preparing as a backup for the Futures.