Hanwha’s final opponent in the semi-final tour is also difficult. It is Hanhwa who has to deal with LG, who explodes without a break from 1 to 9 in Jamsil. As Moon Dong-ju starts in the first game of the three-game series, attention is expected to be focused on each and every ball of the future ace.
The results of the previous two three-game series are not bad. From the 12th to the 14th, in 3 consecutive matches with SSG held in Munhak, 1 win, 1 loss, 1 draw, and from the 16th to 18th, Lotte in Daejeon, 1 win, 2 losses. There are more losses than wins, but the win rate in May is 7 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw, which is more than 50%. The difference between Samsung and Kiwoom, which are just above the leaderboard, is not that big.
The key is a three-game series against LG, the final opponent of the semi-final tour. As there is a stark difference in the power of the batting line, there is no choice but to pay attention to the mound operation. In the first 3 matches of this season held in Daejeon in April, it was a losing series with 1 win and 2 losses. Still, they had a come-from-behind victory in the last game of the three-game series. However, since then, Hanwha’s lineup has not rebounded, and LG’s lineup is steadily maintaining an upward trend.
◇As of May 18, Hanwha and LG team hitting indicators
Still, what we can expect is Moon Dong-ju. Moon Dong-ju pitched more than 5 innings in all 5 games this season, except for the Munhak SSG game on the 13th. He struggled with 7 runs in 2.1 innings against SSG, but the most runs in the previous 5 games were 4 runs, and in all other games, he only allowed 2 runs or less.
The requirements for hot fighting are my own. Moon Dong-joo was knocked out early last week in the SSG match due to a job hunting. He committed 5 on 4 pitches and his mentality was also shaken. He seemed to shrink after hitting a ball hit by Choi Jeong, and after that, the ball completely collapsed.
There are various types of batters deployed in LG. There are hitters with a good starting line and excellent hitting power, and there is a high probability of actively stealing the base after reaching base. In other words, for Moon Dong-ju, the game against LG will be a test bed in all areas, including pitching, control, ball combination, and slide step.
Last year, against LG, he appeared in two games and gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings. He made his professional debut as an intermediate pitcher against Jamsil LG on May 10 last year and struggled with 0.2 innings and 4 runs. However, in the game against Daejeon LG on September 27th, he played an active role as a starting pitcher and allowed 1 run in 5 innings.
At that time, he boldly used the changeup he had just acquired against left-handed batters from LG and showed his infinite potential. Against Kim Hyun-soo, he also left a strong appearance of striking out on a swing with a fastball game.
The other line shows a stark difference, but there is an element of hope. This is Kim In-hwan. Last year, Kim In-hwan made a big success against starting pitcher Casey Kelly with a batting average of 0.667 OPS, 1.833, 2 homers and 4 RBIs. In a match against Kelly, who displays a variety of ball combinations, Kim In-hwan made a long hit comfortably. The most realistic victory scenario would be for Moon Dong-ju to lead the innings as a starting pitcher and Kim In-hwan to attack Kelly.안전놀이터
There are also parts outside of the game. Chae Eun-seong, who spent 14 years at LG until last year after joining in 2009, faces LG at Jamsil Stadium for the first time. In the Daejeon Hanwha-LG game last April, many LG fans cheered for Chae Eun-seong, who became the opposing team wearing Chae Eun-seong LG uniforms. LG fans will applaud Chae Eun-seong in the 3-game series this weekend in Jamsil. Chae Eun-seong remains deep in the hearts of LG fans with a good personality as well as his outstanding skills.