Ahn Woo-jin, Eric Yokishi, and Ariel Furado of the Kiwoom Heroes, and David Buchanan, Tae-in Won, and Albert Suarez of the Samsung Lions.
The Heroes boast 1-3 starters, while the Samsung Lions have a potent “one-two-three punch. They took turns starting against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon last week. Both the Heroes and Samsung will be traveling to Daejeon with their best starters and must-win cards. Ahn Woo-jin is the best pitcher in the KBO beyond the Heroes.
While it is difficult to artificially change the starting rotation, it can be adjusted if there is a change such as rain cancellation. Regardless of the top and bottom teams, we can only focus on the games that all teams can win. Inevitably, the lower-ranked teams are the targets of the multiplier.
Hanwha has been doing well since Choi Won-ho took the helm, but if you look at it coldly, they are still a bottom-tier team this year. It’s a must-win matchup for the opposition, 2-1 and a winner-take-all series. It was the same last year, and the year before that, and that’s the price you pay for being in the bottom half of the standings.
The Heroes and Samsung are also in the lower half of the standings, but they are 3-3 against 1-3 starters with foreign pitchers and have a 5% win rate. Heroes’ Ahn Woo-jin and Hurado hit the game-winning home runs against Suarez in the fourth inning.
They scored nine runs in the second inning and pulled him off the mound. It was an unexpected result before the game.
Hanwha did well.
A week earlier, on May 23-27, they played a five-game series against the KIA Tigers and NC Dinos. Again, Hanwha used two foreign starters. KIA’s Shawn Anderson started on May 23 and NC ace Eric Peddie on May 26.
NC foreign pitcher Taylor Widener was scheduled to make his debut against Hanwha on May 28, but the game was canceled due 먹튀검증 to rain. Widener picked up the win against the Doosan Bears on May 30, throwing six innings of two-hit ball.
Without the rainout, Hanwha would have faced seven foreign starters in 12 games in two weeks.
This week, Hanwha is scheduled for a three-game midweek series against the Doosan Bears and a three-game weekend series against the LG Twins. Barring any changes, Doosan ace Raul Alcantara will start on June 8 and LG ace Casey Kelly will start against Hanwha on June 11. That’s four opposing aces in two weeks.
Alcantara has appeared in two games against HANHO this season, posting two wins and a 0.60 ERA. Kelly earned the win against Hanwha on May 19, allowing one run in seven innings.