“I think there is some consensus.”
Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 2nd. The game between the Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants was finally canceled due to rain. It was the second rainout in a row.
A situation neither Doosan nor Lotte wanted. On July 20, the KBO announced, “If one of the Saturday or Sunday games between August 5 and September 10 is canceled, the game will be scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The game canceled on the 2nd was rescheduled for the 4th.
Doosan will play a doubleheader against the Samsung Lions in Jamsil on Aug. 9. Lotte will also play a doubleheader against the NC Dinos in Changwon on the 9th. That’s a total of nine games between the 3rd and 10th.
A long road ahead For Doosan, it’s a worst-case scenario. After finishing the series with Lotte, Doosan will play a three-game series against the KIA Tigers at Jamsil Stadium starting on the 5th.
After two days, fifth-place KIA (55 wins, 2 ties, 50 losses) and sixth-place Doosan (54 wins, 1 tie, 54 losses) are separated by 2.5 games. Doosan needs to get as many wins as possible against KIA to continue the fight for fifth place at the end of the fall baseball season.
Doosan has announced Brandon Waddell as the starting pitcher for Games 1 and 2. Brandon will start Game 3.
If Brandon starts on the first or second day, he will be able to pitch the last game of the three-game series against KIA, but if he starts on the third day, he will not be able to pitch against KIA.
Lee couldn’t hide his disappointment. “If it hadn’t rained, we would have used Brandon and Alcantara against Lotte and Choi Won-jun on the fifth,” Lee explained. “We had to focus on the KIA game, but Brandon can’t play, and I’m worried about that,” Lee continued. “If Brandon and Alcantara play against Lotte one after the other, Brandon can’t play against KIA. It’s a loss,” he said.
While the starting pitchers are not at 100 percent, the bullpen has had a chance to turn things around. Doosan lost games against the SSG Landers on Aug. 26 and 27 and the LG Twins on Aug. 31 because the bullpen collapsed. It was the fact that the collapse occurred one by one, not by a specific player, that was the fatal blow. The batting order was shaky here and there, and it was hard to make any calculations. “We played well until the middle, but we lost because we collapsed at the back,” said Lee. I think the players did a good job, but it was a bit of a drop-off point.”
For the time being, the team will not make any personnel changes. In the end, the existing bullpen will have to hold up.
“We have time to rest and clear our heads, so I think we’ll be fine,” Lee said.
There’s also some welcome reinforcements. Kim Kang-ryul, who has been on the disabled list since the 25th of last month, is close to being activated. Kim has recently regained his form, throwing over 150 kilometers per hour. In the month of August, he pitched eight games with a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.먹튀검증
On August 1, Lee said, “(Kim) has been good lately. The back of his knee was not good, but after pitching in the bullpen, there was no pain, so he will join the team normally.” He will be registered on the 4th against the KIA in Jamsil.