Lotte faced an important hurdle ahead of the threshold of advancing into fall baseball.메이저사이트
As of the 20th, Lotte is in 7th place with a 50-54 win rate of 0.481. It is closely chasing 6th place KIA (48 wins, 2 draws, 49 losses) and 5th place Doosan (50 wins, 1 draw, 51 losses) with a difference of 1.5 games.
Lotte showed extreme performance last week. On the 15th and 17th, in the three-game series against SSG held at Sajik Stadium in Busan, he achieved a sweep, and after moving the stage to Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 18th and 20th, he was rather swept by Kiwoom in 10th place.
With 40 games left in the regular season, Lotte now faces off against leading teams in turn. You have to go through a tough week to get closer to fall baseball. The gap with 8th place Hanwha is only 4.5 games, so the ranking can slide all the way.
From the 22nd, Lotte will play three consecutive matches against LG at Jamsil Stadium. LG is trying to solidify its first place in the regular season from the lead as soon as possible to go directly to the Korean Series. The gap with 2nd place KT is 7 games, but KT’s recent momentum is not easy. KT has the highest win rate during the same period with a win rate of 14 wins and 3 losses in August and an win rate of 0.824. For this reason, LG should also focus on three consecutive matches against Lotte.
Lotte faced LG on an equal footing this season. The opponent record was almost the same with 5 wins and 6 losses. On the first day of the 3-game series against LG, the ‘Victory Card’ comes out. Aaron Wilkerson, who formed a relationship with Lotte on behalf of Dan Straley, puts the first button on the three-game series.
Wilkerson has gone 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five games since making his first start in late July. Lotte recorded a 100% win rate in Wilkerson’s game. Since Wilkerson is facing LG for the first time, he can use his unfamiliarity as a weapon.
Also, in the three-game series against LG, another foreign pitcher, Charlie Barnes, can also pitch, so Lotte has to fight all-out. However, heavy rain is expected to fall in the central region on the 22nd and 23rd, so there is a high possibility that the game will be canceled, so care must be taken in organizing the rotation.
After the 3 consecutive matches against LG, they move to their home from the 25th to meet KT.
Lotte was particularly weak when it came to KT this season. I couldn’t use my strength with 3 wins and 9 losses. KT is the only team that showed such inferiority in the opponent’s record. This is because he could not use his strength against the KT starters.
Lotte’s team batting average was 0.262, but it was the lowest at 0.227 against the KT mound. In particular, Ko Young-pyo, a native ace, deserves the nickname ‘Lotte Killer’. In four games against Lotte this season, he recorded 3 wins and an undefeated ERA of 0.93. Expectations should be placed on Yoon Dong-hee’s bat, the only one against KT who recorded a batting average of 30% (0.313).
For Lotte, there is a chance of winning fall baseball only when the opponent’s record against KT is somewhat equalized in this three-game series. A six-game series, which is never easy for Lotte, awaits.