Left-handed foreign aces in a mixed atmosphere clash.
Who will win the winning series between SSG Landers and Lotte Giants, who fought a tight battle for first place? On the 21st, SSG and Lotte will face off against each other for the last three consecutive weekends of the 2023 KBO League regular season at Sajik Stadium in Busan.
In the first game of this series on the 19th, Lotte won 7-5, and in the second game, SSG won 5-0, sharing 1 win and 1 loss. With SSG tied for first place with the LG Twins and Lotte following closely behind with a one-game difference, the lead composition may change again depending on who takes the winning series.
Coincidentally, in such an important game, a selection matchup of foreign left-handed aces from both teams is scheduled. Kirk McCarty in SSG and Charlie Barnes in Lotte will each start. However, the moods of the two are somewhat different.
First of all, McCarty, who has been winning and winning with brilliant performances until recently, actually led the team’s starting lineup. The problem is that McCarty, who skipped the rotation due to inflammation of the middle finger of his left hand and made a comeback in the NC game on the 16th, showed a sluggish appearance in the previous game.
McCarty, who started as a starter in 12 days, struggled with 9 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs in 4 innings, unlike the appearance he had shown so far. The 9 hits was the most since he allowed 10 hits against the KIA on April 2, which was his KBO League debut.
Also, on this day, McCarty’s unique sharp control was not the same as before. For McCarty, the first task could be to fully recover from middle finger inflammation and fully regain pitching sensation. This is his first appearance against Lotte this season.
On the other hand, Lotte’s Barnes is recovering from the worst start of the season and regaining his dignity as a ‘left-handed lion’.
Barnes, who had been sloppy with 4 runs in 4.1 innings from 4.11 LG in his first appearance of the season, completely collapsed with 8 runs in 5.2 innings in his 2nd appearance against Samsung. In the subsequent two games, Barnes failed to score QS (more than 6 innings and less than 3 ERA), and with an average ERA of 7.58 with an average of 1 win and 1 loss in April, even the ‘need for early replacement’ was raised.카지노사이트
In fact, in 20 games in the first half of last year, Barnes played the role of an absolute ace with 9-6 and an average ERA of 2.74, but in 11 games in the second half, he was sluggish with 3-6 and an average ERA of 5.40. That’s why some people raised the opinion that ‘Isn’t the Barnes analysis of hitters in the KBO League over?
At the same time, on the other hand, there was an opinion that Barnes, who overworked himself by playing 124.2 innings in 20 games in the first half alone, was just physically exhausted in the second half. As Barnes’ sluggishness continued until the beginning of the season, rumors of a crisis gradually emerged.
But with good pitching in May, Barnes put those questions to rest. On the 10th, against Doosan, he earned his second win of the season with 6.2 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts and no runs. In the match against Hanwha on the 16th, the immediately preceding game, although he did not become the winning pitcher, he proved his resurgence with pitching 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 1 run.
The final game of the weekend three-game series, where foreign pitchers from both teams compete for the lead, is expected to be a test bed. At the beginning of the season, it can be an interesting point to watch to see if the team will be reborn as a clear team ace, and at the same time, to see which team will be the winner of a game where the pride of both teams cannot be withdrawn.