“We’ve gotten through it before, so we’ll get through this one wisely.”
“It’s true that our hitting was off-balance,” said NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho (51) before the team’s game against the SSG Landers in Incheon on May 5. “When the hitting was going well, the pitchers would make things difficult for us. That’s why we fell into a losing streak.”
The mound slump was painful. Against SSG in Incheon on the 4th, starting pitcher Choi Sung-young (5 runs in 4.1 innings) and reliever Lee Yong-joon (3 runs in 0.2 innings) struggled. On the third day, Shin Min-hyuk gave up three runs in five innings. “It would be nice if the Korean starting pitchers showed more stability, but it’s true that they are under pressure,” Kang said, “I hope they can shake off the pressure as soon as possible.”
The key is to eliminate walks. Among them, leadoff walks are a big problem. On the fourth day, Choi gave up a walk to leadoff hitter Kim Sung-hyun in the fifth inning, which led to six runs in one inning. “It’s okay to be more aggressive,” Kang said. In fact, I don’t think there’s much chance of giving up a hit when you’re actively looking for strikes. On the contrary, we seem to be giving up fewer walks.”안전놀이터
The NC is in the thick of the race. With less than 10 games to go before the end of the regular season, they are in a close battle with the Doosan Bears and SSG. All are within one or two games of each other, which puts a lot of pressure on the pitchers. “I got the impression that our pitchers are playing more cautiously than usual,” Kang said.
The mound needs to bring back good memories. NC has lost a number of key pitchers this season, including closer Kim Jin-ho and starter Koo Chang-mo. This put a lot of pressure on the bullpen, but the bench and existing pitchers stepped up to the plate. Even Kim Young-kyu has now been selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team, further reducing the available resources, but Kang emphasized, “Our pitchers have done a good job so far, so I think we will be able to handle this situation wisely.” “I believe that if we overcome this situation, the team will be able to rise again.”