Reporter Lee Kang-cheol asked Cuevas directly… “How will we deal with those ranked 1st to 3rd in overall batting average?”
KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-cheol temporarily transformed into a daily reporter. And a barrage of questions were asked about starting pitcher William Cuevas, who will play in the first game of the playoffs.
Cuevas participated in team training held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 29th. The playoffs are scheduled to begin against the NC Dinos starting on the 30th. The KT players, including Cuevas, worked hard until the last minute to prepare for the postseason.
KT selected Cuevas as the starting pitcher for the first round of the playoffs. He was hired as a replacement foreign player for Bo Schulser in the middle of this season and recorded 12 wins and 114⅓ innings with an ERA of 2.60. He is the leader in winning percentage with a 100% winning percentage and is the No. 1 starter the team trusts.
Cuevas, whom we briefly met during team training, said, “I’ve been really looking forward to tomorrow’s (30th) game. Although I only rested about two weeks, it feels like I rested for almost a month. I can’t hide my anticipation.”
The NC batting line that Cuevas will face has been showing off his bats recently. All top and bottom batting lineups, including Son Ah-seop (semi-playoff batting average 0.308), Park Min-woo (semi-playoff batting average 0.400), Park Geon-woo (semi-playoff batting average 0.462), Jason Martin (semi-playoff batting average 0.333), and Seo Ho-cheol (semi-playoff batting average 0.400). The batting line is exploding. Including the first wild card game (against the Doosan Bears), the total is 40 hits and 32 points in 4 games.
Cuevas said, “I couldn’t see much difference from the regular season in NC. However, the players’ adrenaline came out a little more and they brought out more of their abilities. The postseason is a game where there is no tomorrow, so the players are doing their best. “I saw it too,” he said, expressing his thoughts after watching NC’s postseason game.
While Cuevas was being interviewed, Coach Lee came out to the ground to watch the team train. And after seeing Cuevas being interviewed by reporters, he transformed into a daily reporter and asked various questions. The head coach first asked Cuevas, “How is your condition?” Cuevas smiled and said, “I’m more confident about tomorrow’s game because I’m not in any pain and there’s no problem with my condition. I think I can show a better game.” I answered.
Director Lee continued to ask sharp questions. I asked how he would deal with Park Geon-woo (1,167 games/total batting average of 0.326), Son Ah-seop (1,974 games/total batting average of 0.322), and Park Min-woo (1,162 games/total batting average of 0.320), who are ranked 1st to 3rd in active batting average among players who have played more than 1,000 games in total. They are all currently in NC and are leading the 1st to 3rd top batting lineup consisting of Son Ah-seop, Park Min-woo, and Park Geon-woo.
Cuevas wittily said, “The opposing batters 1st to 3rd probably know that I am the best pitcher in the KBO League. I think they will be more afraid of me.”
Even when asked about his chances of winning against opponent Jason Martin, Cuevas smiled and said, “If I tell you now, I will analyze my strength. I will show it in person in tomorrow’s game.”
Cuevas, who was exchanging questions with reporter Lee Kang-cheol, ended by saying, “As coach said, there is no tomorrow in the postseason. Since mistakes are not tolerated on the mound, I think I need to be more careful and show concentration. One mistake can put me in danger.” “I can send it to ,” he said, showing extraordinary determination to perform a perfect game.
◆KT·NC playoff participant list
pitchers (12): Ko Young-pyo, Kim Min, Eom Sang-baek, Bae Seong-seong, Cuevas, Lee Sang-dong, Ju-won, Son Dong-hyun, Wes Benjamin, Kim Young-hyun, Park Young-hyun, Kim Jae-yoon Catcher (3): Jang Seong-메이저사이트
woo , Kim Jun-tae, Kang Hyeon-woo
Infielders (8): Oh Yoon-seok, Park Kyung-soo, Kim Sang-soo, Hwang Jae-gyun, Lee Sang-ho, Lee Ho-yeon, Park Byeong-ho, Shin Bon-ki Outfielders (7): Song Min-seop, Cho Yong-ho, Moon Sang-cheol, Anthony Alford, Bae Jeong-dae, Kim Min-hyuk,
Pitchers (13): Tanner Turley, Song Myeong-gi, Eric Paddy, Kim Young-gyu, Choi Seong-young, Kim Si-hoon, Lee Yong-chan, Lim Jeong-ho, Ryu Jin-wook, Lee Yong-jun, Lee Jae-hak, Shin Min-hyuk, Lee Jun-ho Catchers (3): Park Se-hyuk, Park Dae-on, Kim Hyeong-jun Infielders (
) ): Park Min-woo, Seo Ho-cheol, Kim Joo-won, Do Tae-hoon, Choi Jeong-won, Oh Young-soo, Kim Han-
byul Outfielders (7): Park Young-bin, Chun Jae-hwan, Kim Seong-wook, Son Ah-seop, Kwon Hee-dong, Park Geon-woo, Martin