The Lotte Giants had the best time last week. With a record of 5 wins and 1 loss during the week, including 4 consecutive victories, he climbed to 4th place with a record of 10 wins and 8 losses.
At the center of the rebound and reversal was the bullpen. The Lotte pitching staff is currently at the bottom with an ERA of 5.48. Both the starting and bullpen ostensibly have the worst pitching staff. But last week, the bullpen got back on track.
By the 16th, the bullpen ERA was 8.10 (36 ERA in 40 innings) and WHIP (on base allowed per inning) was 1.85. It was the worst bullpen in the league. However, from the 17th, the Lotte bullpen changed completely from the 18th, when they recorded 5 wins and 1 loss, including 4 consecutive wins. The numbers improved significantly with an ERA of 1.37 and a WHIP of 1.18. The average ERA was 1st overall, and WHIP was 2nd. As he was reborn as the best bullpen, he gained a back heart.
The back door is locked, led by Kim Won-joong and setup man Koo Seung-min. Veteran Kim Sang-soo appeared as a reinforcement and Kim Jin-wook did his part as a long relief. Yoon Myung-Jun and Shin Jeong-Rak also played the role of salt as a chaser. In addition, Choi Jun-yong, who was excluded from the opening entry, successfully returned with two scoreless matches last week. The assortment has been prepared, and they have been able to play a role in the right place.
Currently, Lotte’s performance and struggles are purely a feat achieved by the bullpen’s struggles. Even with the worst starting lineup, he continued his upward trend by squeezing out. Currently, the Lotte starters are in 9th place with an average ERA of 5.52 (57 ERA in 93 innings). Last week, even when the bullpen entered the main track, the average ERA was only 5.65 (18 earned runs in 28⅔ innings). The number of innings played by the starters is also the lowest in the league, and the records indicating the level of the starters are also the lowest in the league, including 3 quality starts (3 earned runs in 6 innings or less) and 2 quality start plus (3 earned runs in 7 innings or less). Even this was all recorded by Na Kyun-an, the current ace.
Except for Na Kyun-an, who plays the role of an ace with 3 wins and an average ERA of 1.75, the average ERA of the other starters is disastrous. The numbers of the rest of the players, including Dan Straley (6.47), Charlie Barnes (8.40), Park Se-woong (ERA 5.12), and Han Hyun-hee (8.79), were embarrassing to call them starting pitchers.
I can’t play bullpen baseball forever. In a situation where the starting lineup has collapsed like this, it is like a miracle to lead the current pace with bullpen baseball. You should always worry about overload. Now, the selection team also has to play a role. A balance must be struck so that the team can move forward in a healthy way.
Strayley should hold the center. Strayley will start the match against the Hanwha Eagles at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 26th. This is the 5th appearance of the season. In the previous four appearances, both the pitch and pitch were not the same. He couldn’t play the role of an ace. In the match against KIA on the 20th, he was knocked out early with 3 innings, 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs. It seemed that even the trust of the bench had been lost. 안전놀이터
However, I believe that Strayley still has room for a rebound. The club has no signal about replacing foreign pitchers. Strayley himself has to feel the crisis and show a changed image. Barnes won his first win on the 22nd against Changwon NC, recording 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 5 innings against Changwon NC. judged Strayley believes it will change as it goes through a similar adjustment process.
If the bullpen normalizes and the starting lineup improves, Lotte can achieve results beyond the current performance. The starting lineup now has nowhere to fall. Same goes for Strayley. Will Strayley be able to show the face of the past ‘hairy ace’ again?