KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-cheol placed more emphasis on starting baseball.
Coach Lee met with reporters at the team training held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 18th. He mentioned the importance of starting pitchers and emphasized starting baseball.
KT concluded its 144-game regular season run with a home game against the Doosan Bears on the 10th. The team that finished in second place in the final rankings (79 wins, 3 draws, 62 losses) went straight to the playoffs and is preparing to face the semi-playoff winner.
The first round of the playoffs is scheduled to be held at Wiz Park, the home stadium, on the 29th. The players, who have been on break for about three weeks, rested until the 13th, and began full-scale training on the 14th to prepare for the postseason. All the fielders who were listed in the final game of the season, including Go Young-pyo and Wes Benjamin, who had minor injuries, and Eom Sang-baek, who left last August due to a microfracture in his ribs, worked hard and trained at the ground.
Coach Lee, who is approaching the fourth postseason since its founding, emphasized the importance of starting baseball. He said, “We have a lot of veteran players and a lot of injured players at the end. The rest now is good,” and “But the important thing is that if you start after a long rest before a short game, your batting ability will decrease. The starting staff must do a good job blocking it.” He explained.
It is often said that momentum is important in short-term games such as the postseason. Since this is the first game where the fielders will not be familiar with the pitchers’ actual pitching for a long time, the head coach believes that the starting pitchers should not give up the atmosphere and serve as a stepping stone to victory.
Coach Lee said, “The starters block well, so we need to buy time (for the fielders to feel good about their hitting). If you can get the first game, your hitting condition will improve as you go through games 2 to 4. Also, the team that made the semi-playoffs has a good feel for it.” “It may be good, but don’t you think the starters who play after resting will have more power? So the starters need to block well,” he answered.먹튀검증
According to the baseball statistics site ‘Statistics’, KT recorded the best starting index in the league in the second half of the season. He ranked first in starting wins (31 wins), innings (358⅔ innings), ERA (3.39), and WHIP (1.27).
There are a variety of cards that can play starting baseball, including 12-win pitcher William Cuevas and 15-win pitcher Wes Benjamin, who boasts a 100% winning rate, Go Young-pyo, who is selected as the best submarine pitcher in the league, and Eom Sang-baek and Bae Jeong-seong who support him. Ko Young-pyo, Benjamin, and Eom Sang-baek, who suffered minor injuries at the end of the season, returned and completed all preparations to form a solid mound.
KT, with its solid starting lineup, and Coach Lee’s dream of starting baseball. Will the team be able to play out the postseason as desired?