It won’t take much time”
The momentum of the Lotte Giants at the beginning of this season is unusual, as they won 9 consecutive wins in 5383 days since the match against Samsung Lions on August 30, 2008, and finished in first place in April for the first time in 11 years since 2012. However, Lotte, which has a good atmosphere, is not without concerns. It is the successive sluggishness of the starting pitchers. All of the trusted ‘aces’ have been struggling since the beginning of the season.
Lotte’s ‘hairy boy ace’ Strayley had an average ERA of 5.82 with 2 losses in 5 games, and Charlie Barnes, who had 12 wins last year, also had an average ERA of 7.58 with 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games, showing the most impressive performance in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. Park Se-woong, the ‘Ace of Glasses’ who played, is suffering from sluggishness with 1 loss and an average ERA of 5.25 in 5 games.
All three of them have skills enough to be called ‘aces’, and they are the players who have to play that role. However, the start of the season is not very good. There has never been a single game where a goalless score has been recorded, and it is common to be knocked out early due to unstable pitching. If there is any consolation, it is that Lotte is currently in second place even when Strayley, Barnes, and Park Se-woong suffered sluggishness. 스포츠토토
In an interview with reporters on the 7th, head coach Larry Sutton was asked about the sluggishness of the starting pitchers and the resulting alternatives. The command tower pointed out the positive factors first. He said, “To speak from a positive point of view, despite the struggles of Park Se-woong, Barnes, and Strayley, the team performed very well. It’s okay,” he said and opened the door.
Then, the command tower pointed out the reason for their sluggishness. Coach Sutton said, “Straley has always struggled in April, even in the US. He was a slow starter. He is currently making adjustments through training and is giving signs that he is improving because he is working hard. is encouraging,” he said. It is true that Strayley’s performance in the major leagues was not good compared to other months, with a career record of 4 wins and 5 losses with a 5.06 ERA from March to April.