There are three left-handed pitchers in the Korean baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. Koo Chang-mo (NC Dinos), Lee Yi-ri and Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers) have been called up by coach Ryu Jung-il. Of the three, Koo and Lee are classified as starters.바카라사이트
However, bad luck struck before they even started. Lee, who was cruising before the announcement, slumped to a 6.46 ERA in five games in June. Wildcard and left-handed ace Koo Chang-mo is out for up to five weeks with a stress fracture in his forearm. The left-handed starters are not faring well.
In the worst case scenario, the injury could be prolonged and they’ll have to consider replacing him. With three months to go, it’s too early to start talking about replacements, but it’s worth keeping an eye on backup options just in case. However, the problem is that the left-handed alternatives are not in great shape.
In particular, Oh Won-seok (SSG Landers), who was the favourite to start at the Asian Games, fell into a slump soon after the team was announced. Before 9 June, when the team was announced, Oh was cruising with a 4-2 record and a 3.49 ERA in 10 games, but afterwards, he went 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA in five games.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “Coincidentally, Oh Won-seok was the starting pitcher on the day of the final Asian Games roster announcement. I jokingly told him that I was worried that he would be affected by the results of the roster announcement, but his performance was really bad,” he recalled. On the 9th, Oh gave up five runs in six innings in the NC.
After that, Oh went into a slump. After giving up five runs (three earned) in four innings against the KT Wiz on 15 June, he seemed to bounce back with a five-inning no-hitter against the Doosan Bears on 21 June, only to fall flat on his face again with eight runs in five innings against the LG Twins on 27 June. His ERA soared to 5.88 in June.
However, manager Kim Won-hyung said that Oh’s struggles were not affected by his exclusion from the Asian Games team. Speaking before the game against the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes on the 2nd, Kim said, “I think it’s time for Oh Won-seok’s pace to drop off, apart from being eliminated from the national team. He’s a young player, so there will be ups and downs.”To help Oh Won-seok bounce back from his slump, Kim Won-hyung changed his catcher battery for the second game. “I started Lee Jae-won as a catcher to change the atmosphere,” said Kim Won-hyung. But it didn’t work. Oh Won-seok gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings. The comeback victory saved the team from defeat, but the chance to rebound will have to wait until the next game.”I was grateful to the fans and proud of myself,” says the Lionesses’ native ace, whose name is a tribute to the legion.