In the second game of the semi-playoffs (semi-PO, best of 5), SSG Landers native left-handed ace Kim Gwang-hyun and NC Dinos right-hander Young-gun Song Myeong-ki will face off as starters.
NC special ace Eric Peddy has yet to be released.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung and NC coach Kang In-kwon announced Kim Gwang-hyun and Song Myeong-ki as the starting pitchers for the second game, respectively, after finishing the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO semi-PO held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd.
In the first game, NC won 4-3 thanks to Kim Seong-wook’s pinch-hit final two-run shot and Shin Min-hyuk’s excellent pitch.
Since SSG placed 3rd in the regular season and advanced straight to semi-PO, they lost their first game, so Kim Gwang-hyun’s shoulders are a little heavier. As an ace, he takes the mound with a special mission to save the team in crisis.
We need to get over the sluggishness of the regular season.
Gwang-Hyun Kim recorded 9 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 3.53 in this year’s regular season. This score is not worthy of the title ‘Ace’.
There were no particularly serious injuries. The team showed a lot of ups and downs throughout the season and fell short of expectations. In the month of July, he only had 1 win, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 6.10 in 4 games.
He suffered from measles when it was later discovered that he had been drinking during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March of this year. In early June, he was also punished by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) with 80 hours of community service and a fine of 5 million won.
Kim Gwang-hyun, who experienced ups and downs throughout the season, gave up his starting position in the first semi-PO game to Elias.
He wasn’t bad against NC in the regular season this year. He had 1 win, 1 loss, and an ERA of 3.31 in 3 games.
In the game on June 11, which was his first meeting, he allowed 4 runs in 4⅓ innings, but on August 8, he made a quality start (3 earned runs or less in 6 innings as a starter), allowing 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 1 run in 6 innings. On the 4th of this month, he pitched 6 innings, allowed 7 hits and 4 runs (1 earned run), and earned the win.
Gwanghyun Kim has many good memories of fall. He appeared in a total of 22 postseason games, earning 4 wins, 3 losses, 3 saves, and an ERA of 3.35. His three saves came in clinching Korean Series wins in 2010, 2018, and 2022.메이저사이트
The batters to watch out for are Kim Seong-wook, Jason Martin, and Son Ah-seop.
Kim Seong-wook hit 3 hits in 6 at-bats (batting average 0.500), including one double, against Kim Gwang-hyun this year, and showed off his good batting skills by hitting a home run in the first game.
Martin had 3 hits in 7 at-bats (batting average 0.429), and Son A-seop had 3 hits in 6 at-bats (batting average 0.500). Seo Ho-cheol, the hero of the comeback home run in the wild card game, hit 2 hits in 6 at-bats against Kim Gwang-hyun.
NC, whose pedi was not yet intact, took out the Song Myeong-gi card. By catching the first game, I was able to afford to give Peddie a break.
Coach Kang said, “Pedi threw 19 pitches while pitching in the bullpen, and he recovered about 90%. He said he still has anxiety, so tomorrow will be difficult,” and added, “I will decide when to take the mound after watching his recovery a little more.”
Song Myung-ki stood by in the bullpen in the first game, but did not play as Shin Min-hyuk pitched 5⅔ scoreless innings, and was selected as the starting pitcher in the second game.
Song Myung-ki, who has been a starter and midfielder this season, recorded 4 wins, 9 losses, and an average ERA of 4.83 in 35 games. He played as a starter until May, but was moved to the bullpen as he failed to show any outstanding results.
Although his season performance was not outstanding, he pitched well against SSG with no wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 2.38 in 4 games. In particular, at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, the venue for the second game, he only allowed one earned run while pitching six innings.
The 2020 Korean Series is his only appearance in a postseason game. He pitched in two games in that time and impressed.
He started in Game 4 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears and pitched well in 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, and no runs, becoming the winning pitcher. Song Myung-ki was the first person born in the 2000s to become a winning pitcher in the postseason.
In Game 6 of the Korean Series, he appeared as a relief pitcher, allowing no runs in one inning and earning a hold.
In the SSG lineup, Oh Tae-gon and Han Yu-seom played well against Song Myeong-gi. He went 2-for-4 with a batting average of .500.
From NC’s point of view, it would be extremely welcome if Song Myung-ki pitches well. If he takes Game 2, he could pass on the opportunity to put Pedi in Game 3 to end the series early.