Lotte, 2 games behind in the joint lead, is there a chance to take the lead again?

Lotte knelt at SSG Landers in front of a full crowd of Sajik Stadium for two days in a row.

On the 19th, the first day of the weekend’s three-game series, “Glasses Ace” Park Se-woong’s first quality start pitching of the season led to a 7-5 victory and a return to first place in three days, but the rest of the weekend two consecutive matches were lost 0-5, 3-6.

Due to this, it is in third place,메이저사이트 two games behind SSG and LG Twins, who became joint leaders for the second time in 45 days following the first joint lead on April 4, the third game of the opening season of the 2023 season.

It was regrettable that Lotte left without a proper counterattack, even though Dan Strayley and Charlie Barnes, who had two foreign one-two punches, came out one after another in the weekend two games.

Strayley made his first run on the 20th due to an error in the top of the 3rd inning, then gave up 2 runs each in a row in the 4th and 5th innings and collapsed with 5 runs in 5 innings. He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings.

Most of all, it was even more regrettable that Strayley and Barnes broke right away at the point where they started to rebound in May after washing away the sluggishness in April.

Strayley stayed with 2 losses and an average ERA of 5.82 without failing to make a quality start (QS) even once in 5 games in April, but in the first game of May, on the 9th, against Doosan, although he lost, he scored QS for the first time with 2 runs in 6 innings. After that, on the 14th against kt, he won his first victory with a scoreless pitching.

Barnes followed a similar path as Straley. Barnes also won his first victory on April 22 against the NC Dinos with 3 runs in 5 innings, but his ERA in 4 games in April was 7.58, which was lower than expected. It was completely different from last year’s winning streak at the beginning of the season and earning the nickname ‘left-handed lion’.

Barnes like this also rebounded in May. He showed a perfect resurgence with 1 run in 13⅔ innings against QS in two consecutive games. However, Barnes also met SSG and collapsed.

The blow was also broken. Although it is relative, his batting average reached 0.266 with 29 hits (3 home runs) in 109 bats in 3 consecutive matches against Hanwha in Daejeon during the week.

Fireworks at Sajik Stadium on the 20th [Lotte Giants]
Lotte will play the 2nd Nakdong River Derby of the season against NC in Sajik during this week, and move to Gocheok on the weekend to play 3 consecutive matches with Kiwoom.

In the Changwon NC game on April 21-23, Lotte started with Na Kyun-an, Barnes, and Park Se-woong as the starters and swept, and on the 28-30, Sajik Kiwoom won 2 consecutive wins in 3 consecutive matches (one game was canceled in the rain). It was also at this time that he won 9 consecutive wins in 15 years since September 2005 and rose to the long-awaited first place after 3949 days, 10 years and 8 months.

The venues for the final battle are reversed, but with these good memories, we go to five consecutive matches during the week. Following Na Kyun-an, Han Hyun-hee, and Park Se-woong during the week, another foreigner one-two punch comes out on the weekend. For Lotte, it could be a week to decide whether it will continue to compete with SSG or LG for a spot in the top 3, or whether it will be pushed to the middle.

Meanwhile, SSG and LG, co-leaders, are engaged in a three-week series of matches in literature. And SSG will play against Doosan in Jamsil and LG against KIA in Gwangju on the weekend.

SSG with 2 consecutive wins and LG with 4 consecutive wins, either team has no choice but to take a step back. It is burdensome for both SSG and LG to continue their three-game winning streak over the weekend.

Lotte may have a chance to take the lead again.

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