“Kim Jae-hwan’s replacement? I can’t see it, and there’s no other option.” Kookmin hitter who announced his decision to quit NC
The Doosan Bears have a crucial matchup in a chaotic top-five race. The final game of the season against the NC Dinos will be a big one. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop pins his hopes on veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun and veteran center fielder Kim Jae-hwan.
Doosan will play the Jamsil NC on October 12. Doosan suffered a 3-14 loss against the Sasik Lotte Giants on Oct. 11. With their second straight loss, Doosan remained in fifth place in the league with 71 wins, two draws and 65 losses on the season. They are now 1.5 games behind third-place NC and SSG Landers.
Lee met with reporters before the game on the 12th and said, “We traveled back and forth between Suwon and Busan, and the players’ hearts will be heavy after losing two games in a row. It’s because the players and the bench didn’t play well enough. But we have to start over from today. Yesterday (Nov. 11), we had to make an early change because our starter Choi Won-jun was not able to overpower the opponent and almost all of his fastballs were hitting. It was a must-win game, but Park Shin-ji blocked it well and then broke down at one point, which led to the gap in the score,” he said.
Doosan needs to win the NC on the 12th to close the gap to 0.5 games. At the same time, they need to keep up with the sixth-place KIA Tigers.
Doosan will face NC starter Lee Jae-hak in the 12th game with a starting batting order of Jung Soo-bin (center fielder), Rojas (designated hitter), Yang Seok-hwan (first baseman), Yang Ji (catcher), Kim Jae-hwan (left fielder), Kang Seung-ho (second baseman), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Heo Kyung-min (third baseman), and Cho Su-hyun (right fielder). Doosan’s starting pitcher is Jang Won-jun.
Lee said, “I didn’t intentionally choose Jang Won-jun to pitch in the NC. It was a coincidence as we prepared according to the situation. In the end, we have to score runs. The pitchers have done a great job to get us to this point. Now it’s up to the hitters. We need our bats to explode to help our bullpen, which is struggling.”메이저사이트
Lee continued, “Behind Jang Won-jun today will be Lee Young-ha. Depending on the situation, an early substitution could be made. I hope Kim Jae-hwan can bat. We didn’t have a clear replacement for Kim Jae-hwan. However, Kim Jae-hwan’s batting quality is improving and he sees the ball well. He’s a long hitter, so there’s an expectation that he can hit one at any time. There is no other alternative now. If the opposing pitcher is a right-hander, I plan to keep Kim Jae-hwan in the game until the end.”
Meanwhile, Doosan has planned its future starting rotation as Kwak Bin (13th against KIA), Brandon (14th against LG Electronics), Kim Dong-ju (15th against LG Electronics), and Alcantara (16th against SSG).
“In the case of Alcantara, I think he will pitch in the bullpen tomorrow (13th) with a catch ball to check his physical condition and finalize the starting lineup. If there are no problems, he will play the first game against SSG next week,” Lee said.