SSG Landers trained for the semi-playoffs (quasi-PO) at Incheon SSG Landers Field on the 19th. Including his time with the predecessor SK Wyverns, he is the 4th associate PO in the club’s history (2003, 2005, 2011, 2023). SSG was the first ‘Wire to Wire’ winning team in history last year. This year, the postseason (PS) starts from the semi-PO, but the determination is the same. SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “Even though the pressure seems less than last year, the desire to win is the same once the game starts, whether it is the Korean Series (KS) or the semi-PO.”메이저사이트
●Find ‘03 Kim Won-hyung’, the final puzzle on the mound.
Coach Kim was the 2003 Associate PO Most Valuable Player (MVP). Although he was not a starting pitcher, he was the ace that SK coach Cho Beom-hyun at the time looked for in every crisis. Coach Kim pitched in relief in two games and pitched 1 win, 1 hold, and 5.2 scoreless innings. He was in charge of not only the middle but also the final stage of the PO, leading SK’s first advance into KS since its founding. Coach Kim looked back and said, “When the starting pitcher was in trouble while pitching, I went up and threw,” and “I didn’t just come down to prevent the crisis, but I lasted 2 to 3 more innings.”
SSG needs a pitcher like Coach Kim at the time. Regardless of the pitching order, the outline of the starting pitchers, including Roenis Elias, Gwang-hyun Kim, Won-seok Oh, and Seung-won Moon, has been established. They also allowed Pil Seung-jo, who had heavy shoulders at the end of the season, to rest, including Noh Kyung-eun and Seo Jin-yong. The team’s strength is back, but short-term games are full of variables, so it would be great to have an ace in the bullpen. Coach Kim said, “We are looking at (who would be suitable for that type),” and added, “(Choi) Min-jun is similar in type, and young pitchers like (Lee) Rowoon and (Song) Young-jin have the ability to throw courageously despite their lack of experience.” “It happens,” he said.
●Choi Jeong, who will step up as associate PO, and McCarty
Choi is also recovering smoothly. Choi Jeong-eun ended the regular season somewhat early due to thigh pain while running the bases against the Incheon Kiwoom Heroes on the 13th. The original expected recovery period was one week to ten days. Choi Jeong-eun started defensive training on the 19th. A club official said, “Strike training has been in progress since two days ago (the 17th),” adding, “(Our physical condition) is getting better, so we are training with increased intensity.” Director Kim also said, “(Choi Jeong-i) will be included in the semi-PO entry.”
Foreign pitcher Kirk McCarty, who injured his right internal oblique muscle last month, will likely need more time. McCarty also participated in the training that day, but since he has been resting for over 3 weeks and has lost his sense of actual combat, it is highly likely that he will not be able to join the semi-PO entry right away. He may be able to improve his sense of actual combat through practice games in preparation for advancing to PO. Director Kim said, “I told him to watch him until the day after tomorrow (the 21st) and then check his physical condition one more time. “As he is a player who will have to play a big role in a big game, I hope he prepares thoroughly,” he said.