‘Derby’ has changed the ranking.
Before last weekend’s three-game series, the Lotte Giants were in 7th place and the KIA was in 10th place, the bottom. Lotte had 7 wins and 8 losses, and KIA had 4 wins and 10 losses, falling short of 50%.
However, the weekend’s three consecutive ‘Derby’ matches changed the mood.
Lotte, who headed to Changwon after winning the series at the end of the seesaw in three consecutive home matches against KIA during the week, swept the Nakdong River Derby against NC. 2 out of 3 consecutive matches on the weekend were exhilarating come-from-behind victories. In addition, in the last game on the 23rd, after trailing 0-3 until the 8th inning, they attacked NC finisher Lee Yong-chan in the top of the 9th inning and scored 5 points and achieved a dramatic victory.
KIA had to be satisfied with escaping from 5 consecutive losses in the midweek resignation against Lotte. I came down to Gwangju, my hometown, and swept Samsung and the weekend highway series. After 6 consecutive losses, Samsung, who was on an upward curve with 5 wins and 2 losses, returned empty-handed.
He succeeded in changing the rankings by sweeping the Derby.
7th place Lotte took 3rd place NC down to 5th place with 10 wins and 8 losses and jumped to 4th place, one digit higher. The 10th place KIA reduced the win-loss margin to -3 with 7 wins and 10 losses, lowering the 8th place Samsung to 9th and also rose to 8th, right above it.
Start of a new week. The atmosphere is good. 스포츠토토
Both teams are determined to end the rising trend with a final week of April.
Lotte will play 6 home matches against Hanwha and Kiwoom.
Although it is a lower team, it is not easy. The two teams, which have recently faltered, are likely to seek a rebound in the last week of April.
For Hanwha, Jang Min-jae, Kim Min-woo and Pena will start. For Kiwoom, Choi Won-tae, Jung Chan-heon, and An Woo-jin are likely to be selected. Lotte is worried that the rest of the starters, except for Na Gyun-an, are not performing reliably.
KIA meets a more formidable opponent. Following 3 consecutive matches with NC and Gwangju, April ends with 3 consecutive matches with leading LG and Jamsil.
Although NC is on a five-game losing streak, it is a team with a solid mound. The starting lineup is especially good. KIA meets all of the 1st to 3rd starters such as Pedi Song Myung-ki and Koo Chang-mo. In the three-game series against LG, where both pitchers are solid, they meet 4th and 5th starters Lim Chan-gyu, Kang Hyo-jong and Ace Kelly.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk showed his will to win at least 3 wins and 3 losses, saying, “From now on, we must maintain a 50% win rate with strong teams.” He continued, “After reaching a 50% win rate by making up for the negative during the month of May, we can bet on a game when the injured main players and military veterans return in June.”
Six consecutive matches in the last week between the two teams, which will be the watershed of the April report card. Depending on the results, the picture for May will be different.