Left and right assortment, better than LG, one missing balance…Samsung, KIA with Ryu Ji-hyeok→Kim Tae-gun, veteran FAs, if only they can get them, will be golden.
The NC Dinos are in first place with a team ERA of 3.67 after 11 days.
They are tied with second-place LG (3.76) for the only team in the triple digits.
The starting pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA, second only to Doosan (3.68), and the relief staff has a 3.56 ERA, second only to LG (3.50). The bullpen has been strong lately. The left-right combination is the strongest in the league.메이저놀이터
The right-handed bullpen of Lee Yong-chan, Ryu Jin-wook, and Kim Si-hoon, and the left-handed bullpen of Kim Young-gyu, Ha Jun-young, and Lim Jung-ho are ideally balanced. Depending on the situation, it’s good to have a bullpen strategy that uses left- and right-handed pitchers at the right time.
“I feel that our middle bullpen is the best right now,” admitted NC manager Kang Myung-ho when asked if it was better than the LG. “The arrangement of the members (left and right) seems to be the best,” he said, “We have three left-handed cards, but there are a lot of left-handed hitters in Korea, so it helps us to actively utilize them.”
“The players are doing a good job in their respective positions. If the starting pitchers can just go a little bit longer, I think we can be a little bit more stable than we are now.” “If we can get the game, we will mobilize the bullpen one time faster to get the game,” Kang said.
Perfect left-right balance. But there’s just one thing missing. No sidearm or submarine pitcher.
The game between KIA and SSG at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on March 3. In the top of the eighth inning, with runners on first and second, KIA’s Kim Tae-gun celebrates after hitting a single to tie the game.
A game between the LG Twins and the Samsung Lions of the 2023 KBO League is held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Friday. Samsung’s Ryu Ji-hyuk celebrates after hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Shim Chang-min emerged as the side arm acquired in the trade for Kim Tae-gun.
The veteran pitcher is becoming a forgotten name after being expunged on May 10. The former national fireballer, who played 485 games in his career, has appeared in just 16 games in the two years since joining the NC.
There’s no sign of a late-season boost. Even the C team (Futures League) hasn’t been able to rebound.
In 31 Futures League games this season, he has a 1-4 record, three shutouts, and a 10.43 ERA.
His recent form hasn’t been great either.
He made a relief appearance against Samsung on April 8, but took the loss after just one inning, giving up six runs on three hits and five four-pitchers against 11 batters.
The 2023 KBO League game between the Lotte Giants and the NC Dinos was held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 1st.
“I’m trying to improve my pitching, but it’s not easy,” Kang said of Shim’s possible call-up, adding, “I’m struggling every game because of the ups and downs of my pitches and allowing too many walks.”
Shim, who was eligible for free agency for the first time after finishing last season, decided against it after much deliberation. However, he hasn’t been able to rebound this season and is likely to delay his free agency once again.
Catcher Kim Tae-gun, who was traded for Shim Chang-min, is in his prime at KIA after playing for Samsung.
He will be eligible for free agency for the second time after this season. It is increasingly likely that he will make up for the disappointment of his first free agency with a long-term contract. In exchange for Shim Chang-min, Samsung got Kim Tae-gun and all-weather infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk, and they are enjoying happy baseball.
It’s a long fall from grace, but there’s plenty of potential for a rebound. It’s time to get over the hump and get back to being Shim Chang-min.
Once he regains his balance, he’ll be a great addition to the young NC bullpen. It could be one of the strongest in the league in terms of depth and quality.