Lotte Giants manager Larry Sutton hasn’t hidden his excitement for the Jamsil “El Loco Rasico” against the first-place LG Twins, which will be the biggest matchup of the first half. The team has been on a roll lately, and he believes they are capable of putting up a good fight.
Lotte swept a three-game midweek series against the Doosan Bears and a three-game weekend series against the Kiwoom Heroes last week. They added a win-loss margin of “+2” and remained in sole possession of third place with a season record of 26 wins and 16 losses.
So far, Lotte’s 2023 season has been a success. With a two-game lead over first-place LG and a one-game lead over second-place SSG Landers, the foundation has been laid for them to move into the lead at any time depending on the week’s results.
Although their three-game winning streak came to an end with a 5-7 upset loss to the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes on April 28, they have continued to cruise with a solid starting rotation, a steady bullpen, and a cohesive batting lineup.
For Lotte to continue its momentum, it will be crucial to face LG in Jamsil from May 30 to June 1. A winning series would certainly give them momentum in the first half of the season.
In the first three-game series in Sajik last month from November 11-13, Lotte had the first laugh with a winning series. However, the game was a hard-fought battle throughout the three-game series. Both teams are likely to go all-out in the second El Loco Rápido this season.
Lotte’s starting rotation for the Jamsil Elotracico is not bad. Han Hyun-hee, Park Se-woong, and Dan Streeley will take the mound in that order to battle the LG bats.
LG is no slouch either. The one-two punch of Casey Kelly-Adam Plutko will face off against Park Se-woong and Strillie in the starting rotation. It’s a matchup that fans will be eager to see.
“I’m looking forward to going to Jamsil,” said LOTTE head coach Larry Sutton ahead of the 28th match. I think it will be a very electrifying game, an exciting game,” he said, adding, “LG has strong starters, so we will thoroughly prepare for that part and come up with a strategy to win.”
Sutton is also confident in another corner. Lotte’s fans, who have been enjoying a good run of form, have been very supportive. Having played against Gochuk on the 27th and 28th of this month in front of 16,000 fans for two consecutive days, Sutton expects Lotte fans to fill the third base bleachers at Jamsil’s ‘Elotracico’. 메이저놀이터
“Lotte fans come to many other stadiums and support us hard, but I think the game in Jamsil is different in many ways,” Sutton said, adding, “We want to reward our fans with a good game.”