The LG Twins are aiming for a return to No. 1 with Casey Kelly of ‘Jamsil Jesus’ at the forefront.
From the 25th, LG will play three home games in a row in the 2023 professional baseball KBO league weekdays against SSG Landers at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
Currently, LG, with 13 wins and 7 losses, is in second place behind SSG with 12 wins and 6 losses, only in terms of winning percentage. It is still early in the season, but it seems that the team that takes this three-game series to the winning series will be able to occupy the advantageous position of the leading competition.
In the first game on the 25th, which must be caught to overcome the baseline, LG scrambles Kelly as a starting pitcher. Kelly, who has been wearing LG’s uniform since the 2019 season, is a right-handed pitcher who posted an average ERA of 2.89 with 58 wins and 31 losses in 114 KBO league games (697 innings) until last year. His greatest strength is that he can induce ground balls with various breaking balls, including four-seam and two-seam fastballs, as well as curveballs, sliders, and changeups.
But this year, Kelly fell into a slump. He has been on the mound in four starts, but is struggling with a 1-2 record and a 6.46 earned run average. He has an on-base percentage (WHIP) of 1.39 per inning and a batting average of 0.293. Considering that Kelly’s WHIP and batting average last season were 1.08 and 0.232, respectively, this is a very bad number.
The biggest problem is that the speed and the number of rotations by pitch have all fallen compared to last season. SPOTV commentator Yang Sang-moon, who watched Kelly start on the 19th against the home NC Dinos (7-5 LG wins) and only allowed 5 runs in 6 innings, 9 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, said, “It’s early in the season, but it’s definitely better than last year. The power of various pitches has dropped a lot,” he said. “The RPM (revolutions per minute) of Kelly’s curveball has decreased by about 100. The release point has also been moved forward from last year. Those things are the cause of the lack of power,” he analyzed.
The good news is that Kelly’s pitching is getting better and better. Even against NC on the 19th, he conceded 5 runs until the 3rd inning, but both the 5th and 6th innings made a tripartite inning. 토토사이트
LG also desperately needs Kelly’s strong fight. LG, which had a good record of 4 wins and 2 losses last week, lost 6-7 in the final match against the Hanwha Eagles on the 23rd, showing a lack of concentration in both offense and defense, and the uptrend was broken. As the opponent is SSG, a strong team competing for first place, Kelly must show the aspect of an ace.
Last year, Kelly made a total of four appearances against SSG, posting a good record of 1 win and 1.86 ERA. As such, attention is focusing on whether Kelly, who was strong against SSG, will be able to regain the appearance of an ace and lead LG to an advantageous position in the leading competition.
Meanwhile, like LG, SSG, which is on the rise with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses last week, sends right-hander Moon Seung-won to face it. After Tommy John surgery in 2021, he returned in the middle and late 2022 season and played only as a bullpen, posting an average ERA of 5.11 with 1 win, 1 loss, 3 saves, and 3 holds. is recording In his first appearance, against the Samsung Lions (SSG 3-0 win) on the 12th, he was the winning pitcher with 8 hits in 8 innings, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and no runs. With 1 home run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and 4 runs, he suffered the yoke of defeat.