Thursday Sep 28, 2023

“Keep the ball in the park in the second half”…Saltzman’s wish for his ‘1 loss’ pitcher in 17 games

“I’m hoping he can stay centred in the second half.”

Adam Plutko (LG Twins) was LG’s ace in the first half. In 17 starts, he went 11-1 with a record of 102 innings pitched, 28 runs (25 earned) allowed, 24 walks, 82 strikeouts, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He is second in wins and third in ERA.

This season, LG has enjoyed a tremendous winning percentage in Plutko’s starts. In 17 games, they have 14 wins, two ties, and one loss.

After resting after his start against the Busan Lotte Giants on the 8th, Plutko will take the mound against the KT Wiz of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on the 25th at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. It will be his first start of the second half.

LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop hopes that Plutko will continue to perform well in the second half. “At the end of the first half, Plutko said he wanted to take two weeks off. “Plutko was the centre of the starting lineup in the first half. It’s important to keep the centre in the second half. We need to win every game that Plutko pitches.”

This is Plutko’s first start against KT this season. Last season, he appeared in two games, going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in 13 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), nine hits (three home runs), one walk and 10 strikeouts.

LG’s lineup was Hong Chang-ki (R), Moon Sung-joo (L), Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter), Austin Dean (1B), Oh Ji-hwan (CF), Park Dong-won (catcher), Moon Bo-kyung (3B), Park Hae-min (CF), Shin Min-jae (2B).

KT’s batting order was Kim Min-hyuk (right fielder), Kim Sang-soo (shortstop), Anthony Alford (left fielder), Park Byung-ho (first baseman), Jang Sung-woo (catcher), Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman), Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter), Lee Ho-yeon (second baseman), and Bae Jeong-dae (centre fielder). The starting pitcher is Wes Benjamin.바카라사이트

Benjamin has been strong in the LG this season. In three games, he has three wins, 17 innings pitched, eight runs (two earned), 11 hits (two home runs), one walk, 17 strikeouts, a 1.04 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.

Manager Yoon Kyung-yeop said of Benjamin, “He needs to be more confident with his fastball. If he misses the fastball, he’ll be at a disadvantage in the count.” “I think it’s our targeted selection. It hurts my pride, but the players have to do it. I told the players, ‘It’s a targeted start, so think about it’.”


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