‘Distribution Derby Winning’ SSG-‘Four in a Row’ LG Meet at the Top…’Tied for 1st’ Big Bang Who’s Laughing?
SSG Landers and LG Twins meet in a midweek three-game series.
SSG and LG will play the fourth game of a three-game series between teams in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on March 23. Both teams are tied for first place with 26 wins, 1 draw, and 14 losses.안전놀이터
Both teams have been on a roll lately. SSG lost to the Busan Lotte Giants on April 19, but won the next two games to end the “Distribution Derby” with a sweep. They have six wins, one draw, and three losses in their last 10 games.
LG wrapped up a three-game series against the Hanwha Eagles last weekend with two wins and a draw. They are on a four-game winning streak. They are tied for first place in the standings with seven wins, one draw and two losses.
Starting for SSG is Oh Won-seok. Oh has been a key left-handed starter for SSG this season, going 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA in eight games and 17 runs (15 earned) in 45⅔ innings. He hasn’t pitched against LG this season and is 3-3 with a 7.12 ERA in 10 games (7 starts) with 33 runs (29 earned) in 36⅔ innings for LG.
LG’s starting pitcher is Chan-gyu Lim. In nine games (five starts), Lim has a 3-1 record with one save, 32⅔ innings pitched, 10 runs (nine earned), and a 2.48 ERA. He started this season in the bullpen, but has been starting since April 16 against the Jamsil Doosan Bears and has been consistently good.
SSG’s Choi Jeong-jeong was the best hitter in the KBO last week. In five games, he hit .476 with four home runs, eight RBIs, four doubles, and one triple for a 1.655 OPS. His five-game hitting streak raised his season average to .302, and his four home runs, which have been few and far between, moved him into a tie for third on the team in home runs.
LG leads the league with a team batting average of .290. It’s also encouraging to see that Kim Hyun-soo is coming back to life. Kim went hitless in 34 consecutive at-bats from his fourth at-bat against the Changwon NC Dinos on April 2 to his third at-bat against the Jamsil KT Wiz on April 17. However, after tasting a hit in his third at-bat against KT, he has now hit safely in five straight games.
The two teams played their first three-game series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 25-27. At that time, LG won 2-1. All three games were tightly contested, with no more than three runs separating the teams. These two teams met again after a month. This time, the smiling team can claim sole possession of first place. It will be interesting to see who will smile in the first game of the three-game series.