When asked about the outlook for the remainder of the season, NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho sees a fierce competition until the final game of the season. With each game coming at a crucial juncture, the one-game series against the LG Twins is also key. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop said that the team will give it their all against the teams in the top five.
On October 12, NC lost to the Doosan Bears in Jamsil by a score of 1 to 11. The loss dropped NC to fourth place in the league with 73 wins, two draws, and 65 losses on the season. The gap to fifth-place Doosan was reduced to 0.5 games.메이저사이트
NC lost the game early as starter Lee Jae-hak was completely dominated by six runs on seven hits (two home runs) in two innings. The second pitcher, Lee Jun-ho, also struggled, giving up three runs on two hits (one home run) and two walks in two innings.
Despite the need to hold on to fifth place, NC fell to Doosan in the end. Now, NC is desperate to win against Changwon LG Electronics on the 13th. Tanner, the foreign pitcher who will take the mound on the 13th, did not accompany the team to Jamsil on the 12th, but prepared to start separately in Changwon.
More importantly, manager Yoon Kyung-yup has called for an all-out war in the remaining games against the top five contenders. Originally, LG had planned to use backup pitchers until the 13th game. However, with NC and Doosan, two of the top-five contenders, in their remaining three games, Yeom has announced that he will start his starting pitchers in all three games.
In response, Kang said, “At this point, it might be misunderstood, so of course I think he will make that choice. It’s not easy because not only the top teams, but also the bottom teams are giving their all until the end. Normally, we go to the last match of the season to say hello to the opposing managers, but this year we didn’t do that once. I think each team has their own reasons, so it’s hard to ignore that part of the game.”
After playing LG on the 13th, NC will play its final home game against the Changwon Samsung Lions on the 15th. Song Myung-ki will take the mound on the 15th. “We judged that Song Myung-ki is in the best condition among domestic starting pitchers recently,” Kang explained.
‘Super ace’ Eric Peddy, who won 20 games and struck out 200 batters, was scheduled to make his final appearance of the season on the 16th against the Gwangju KIA Tigers. However, depending on Pedi’s physical condition and the status of the standings battle, he may not be able to pitch.
“Considering the possibility of going to the wild card deciding game, we have to think about whether or not Peddy will make his final appearance of the season,” Kang said. However, we plan to prepare him for the 16th game first. “Personally, I think the top-five battle will continue until the end of the season, and of course, if we can continue our winning streak until Samsung Electronics, we will definitely have an easier time preparing for the postseason.
It will be interesting to see if NC, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are on the brink of a season-ending crisis, can punch their ticket to the semi-finals in their remaining four games.