LG sent away by Ko Woo-suk… Mound ‘F4’ to V4

January 5, 2024 | by

As Ko Woo-suk’s trip to the U.S. has been confirmed, the composition of the mound of the LG Twins in professional baseball has also been completed. In order for LG to protect its throne, new foreign pitchers Detrick Ns. 1 should take the center of the starting lineup, and Ham Deok-ju 2 and Yoo Young-chan 3 in the bullpen should fill Ko’s vacancy.

The San Diego Padres of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) announced on Monday that they signed a two-year contract with Ko Woo-suk that includes a mutual option. Up to 4.5 million U.S. dollars will guarantee 1.75 million dollars this year and 2.25 million dollars next year. The option for 2026 is around 3 million dollars per year. The deal is equivalent to the average annual salary of MLB bullpen pitchers (2.32 million dollars).

With this, LG will aim for its second consecutive win as the current pitcher without Ko. Chances are high that the starting pitchers will be N.S., Kellie, Lim Chan-kyu, Choi Won-tae, and Kim Yoon-sik. First of all, it is important whether N.S. adjusts itself or not. N.S., who will make his first pitch in the opening game against the Hanwha Eagles, recorded 11 wins and 17 losses in 35 games with an ERA of 3.62 for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese professional baseball league for two seasons from 2022.

Lim Chan-gyu needs to continue to play and Choi Won-tae needs to wake up. Lim Chan-gyu, who chose to stay at LG for a total of 5 billion won (approx. 14 wins, 3 losses and an ERA of 3.42 in 30 games last year, achieved the best performance since his debut in 2011. On the other hand, Choi Won-tae, who joined LG on July 29 last year, had a hard time adjusting to the game with two wins and three losses and an ERA of 6.70 in nine games. 헤라카지노도메인

In the bullpen, Yoo Young-chan and Ham Deok-ju are at the center. Since his debut in the first division last season, Yoo has displayed good performance with 6 wins, 3 losses, 12 holds, one save, and an ERA of 3.44. In particular, in the Korean Series against the KT Wiz, he pitched on the mound at every critical moment and displayed robust performance with an ERA of 1.50 in six innings in three games. Ham Deok-ju, who signed a four-year contract with the LG Twins on April 24, also secured a solid defense with an ERA of 4 wins, 4 saves and 16 holds in 57 games during the regular season this year.

The key is Park Myung-geun, who is entering his second season. Park was an all-weather player with four wins, five holds, and an ERA of 3.00 in 35 games in the first half of last season, but was in a slump after injuring his elbow. With uncertain timing of Jung Woo-young’s return after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments in his elbow, whether Park will grow or not will likely determine LG’s performance.


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