Lotte Giants’ native ace Park Se-woong (28) challenges the first victory of the season in 5 games.
Park Se-woong will start in an away match against the KIA Tigers at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju at 6:30 pm on the 2nd.
KIA, tied for 5th place, is currently on a 5-game winning streak and is aiming to enter the top ranks. On this day, foreign pitcher Adonis Medina takes the lead to challenge for a 6-game winning streak.
Park Se-woong signed a contract for up to 9 billion won for 5 years after the 2022 season. Lotte secured a future ace through aggressive investment before Park Se-woong qualified as a free agent (FA).
Park Se-woong was recognized for his skills enough to be selected as a member of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team held in March.
However, Park Se-woong pitched in 4 games (19⅓ innings) this year and was sluggish with 1 loss and 5.12 ERA without a win. He had a very high batting average of 0.360 and an on-base percentage per inning (WHIP) of 1.97.
He could not even digest an average of 5 innings in 4 games.
Park Se-woong suffered his first loss of the season with 8 hits and 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 4⅔innings against SSG Landers on April 4, and he suffered from excessive hits and walks in every game.
On April 23, against the NC Dinos, he left a regret with pitching with 7 hits (2 homers) and 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 5 innings.
Park Se-woong’s average fastball speed this year is about 145.4km, but his control is shaking.
Park Se-woong recorded the highest speed of 148 km in the NC match. However, the homers hit by NC Do Tae-hoon and Kim Seong-wook were all formed on the high side, allowing long hits.
It was not the appearance of Park Se-woong, who recorded an average ERA in the 3-point range in double-digit wins for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022. He is in contrast to last year’s season, when he swept 5 wins in 7 games. 스포츠토토
On the other hand, Lotte is posting good results.
Young pitcher Kyun-Ahn Na recorded 4 wins this season (1.34 ERA) and tied for the lead in the most wins category, and Kwon-Soo Ahn (0.318), who ranked first in the team’s batting average, and Jack Rex, Jun-Woo Jeon, and Chi-Hong Ahn, who are showing strong performances in the scoring situation, were able to play well. He went on a 8-game winning streak.
Lotte ran 8 consecutive wins in 13 years, and is challenging 9 consecutive wins in 15 years. Lotte (14 wins, 8 losses) rose to the sole lead while riding an upward trend.
In order to maintain the top rank, Park Se-woong’s performance is desperate. If foreign pitchers Dan Strayley and Charlie Barnes, who are experiencing extreme sluggishness along with Park Se-woong, survive, Lotte will build a stronger starting lineup.