Did manager Yoon Kyung-yup think that the summer camp would be effective in the remaining three months of the season?
When Kim Yoon-sik and Lee Min-ho, who were planned and prepared as the fourth and fifth starters before the season, struggled from the beginning of the season, LG Twins manager Yeom Kyung-yeop gave them a chance, but looked at the situation and eventually boldly sent them to the second team. He had them start from scratch. In effect, he made them do spring training again. Lee Sang-young, who was discharged from the team in June and immediately included in the starting lineup, was also sent to the second team for a fresh start after failing to show good command in two appearances. He was given a chance to work on his pitching form without actually pitching. “From the beginning of the season, if he didn’t throw the ball properly, I kept trying to keep him, but it didn’t work. “I would rather send him down to the second team and give him enough time to build his body, and even if it’s difficult right away, he’ll be able to throw properly for a month or two at the end of the season. That’s what I learned from experience.
Kim, a late-season ace last year, had a rough start to the season, going 3-4 with a 5.29 ERA in 11 starts before being sent down to the second team. After readjusting and being promoted to the first team due to Plutko’s injury, he has made two starts and is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. His velocity has definitely improved as well, touching up to 146 mph after touching just under 140 mph earlier in the season. 스포츠토토
The team will need two alternate starters this week and next week, and they’re ready. Lee Min-ho and Lee Sang-young can pitch, and Kang Hyo-jong or Lee Ji-gang can pitch.
With Choi Won-tae, the “championship hitman” who was acquired for three prospects, being sent down to the second team on the 11th due to his continued struggles since joining, the team will need a starter for the doubleheader against SSG Landers on the 17th. For now, Lee Min-ho is the favorite to get the nod. Lee Min-ho struggled in the Futures League game against Hanwha on the 12th, but has pitched well in the three Futures League games since the rescheduling.
In terms of the starting rotation, the team will also need an alternate starter against the Gwangju KIA Tigers on the 19th, which could be Lee Sang-young or Kang Hyo-jong. Lee has been making adjustments and has been pitching more innings in the Futures League lately. He threw one hitless inning against Hanwha on the 1st, and then threw three hitless innings against Goyang on the 5th. On the 9th, he pitched five scoreless innings against Doosan.
Yeom has been preparing Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho for the second half of the season and the postseason, and being able to call upon them during a difficult stretch of games that has been riddled with injuries and slumps in the starting rotation, as well as a tough remaining schedule with doubleheaders.
Once Kim Yoon-sik is performing well, the void left by foreign ace Plutko will not be visible, giving LG a comfortable lead at the top of the standings. The summer camp is clearly paying off.
By dropping them to the second team, LG has been able to rely on the bullpen to help them through the fourth and fifth innings with de facto bullpen days. If Lee Min-ho and Lee Sang-young can pitch well in the future and show the effectiveness of the summer camp, the difficulties will be compensated for.