Starting lineup + foreign hitter struggle → Samsung is still having a hard time… The bullpen is the ‘last key’

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It seems like it will narrow the distance with the teams above it, but it still looks burdensome. The Samsung Lions, who stay between the middle and lower ranks, are having a difficult time.

As of the 22nd, Samsung’s ranking is 7th. He has a record of 17 wins and 21 losses (0.447). After the victory against LG Lions in Daegu on the 12th, it rose to 5th place for a while, then fell to 6th place the next day, and fell to 7th place last week with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses.

There were some hopeful elements this month. First of all, starting pitchers are doing their part to some extent. ‘1 win ERA 1.73 in 4 games in May’ David Buchanan, Won Tae-in and Albert Suarez maintained a smooth flow.

In addition, Baek Jung-hyun became the winning pitcher in both starts. He gave up only 1 run in 13 innings and played well beyond expectations. However, it was a flaw that there were no pitchers who were able to secure the 5th starting position given opportunities to Heo Yun-dong and Choi Ha-neul.

In the batting line, foreign hitter Jose Pirella’s hard work stood out. During the month of April, he had 24 hits in 95 at-bats in 23 games, a batting average of 0.253, 4 home runs and 13 RBIs.

Pirella’s monthly record for May was 22 hits in 59 at-bats in 14 games, a batting average of 0.373, 3 homers and 13 RBIs. Also, Kim Ji-chan and Koo Ja-wook are not bad recently.

The decisive reason why Samsung is not able to accumulate more multipliers is the hunting of the ‘bullpen’.

Samsung’s bullpen ERA in May was 6.56, the lowest in the league. Compared to April (4.81), the figure increased significantly. This is an indicator that Samsung’s concerns about the bullpen have grown even more considering the fact that Huh Yoon-dong, who started as the second pitcher in the game against Changwon NC on the 20th, scored 6 runs.

The situation was not good, so I even made a trade. At the end of last month, Samsung gave infielder Lee Won-seok and 2024 rookie draft 3rd round nomination right to Kiwoom Heroes, and had pitcher Kim Tae-hoon, who had an “immediate sense of power”. Even in his first three games, he continued his scoreless streak, but he showed an uneasy appearance by conceding runs in the last three games in a row. There are bound to be concerns that Samsung’s bullpen concerns are returning to the starting point.

The good news is that sooner or later, ‘reinforcements’ will join the team one by one.

On the fielder side, catcher Kim Jae-seong and outfielder Kim Dong-yeop are looking to return, and on the mound, expectations are high for Choi Chae-heung and Choi Ji-kwang, who will be discharged on the 12th of next month. In the case of Choi Chae-heung, expectations are high enough to be mentioned as a candidate for the 5th starter,먹튀검증 and Choi Ji-gwang is expected to strengthen the bullpen.

The gap between Samsung in 7th place and NC Dinos and Doosan Bears in 4th place is only 2.5 games. Players and fans did not let go of their hopes for fall baseball. When the bullpen gives wings and changes the atmosphere, it is possible to win a streak and aim for a rise in the rankings.

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