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From the 2nd pitcher, ‘Find a role’… Hanwha, ‘bullpen combination’ of chaos

Professional baseball Hanwha started the 2023 season amid expectations from inside and outside the club. This is because they have strengthened their strength throughout the winter. While it was expected that the entire lineup would be tight around the newly recruited free agent (FA) Chae Eun-seong, the prevailing view was that the starting team’s competitiveness would be better than last year with the growth of new ‘shoulders’ such as Moon Dong-ju.

Not wrong. Hanwha is not ahead in various indicators, but it is getting out of the bottom. As of the 8th, while playing 6 games, he is ranked 7th in team batting average (0.250) and team OPS (0.701), and his starting ERA is 7th with 4.73. Looking at the indicators by sector, they are in a position close to the expected value. However, in the match against SSG in Daejeon on the 8th, the result was 1 win and 5 losses until a come-from-behind defeat. It’s still in the very beginning, but it’s at the lowest level.

Whether running away or chasing, the pattern of missing the flow is repeated as it enters the mid-to-late game in a close game. Above all, there is a problem in the bullpen, which was relatively less prominent, and

Hanwha entered the season with an upgraded bullpen power compared to last year. This is because it was calculated that the pitcher’s depth would improve with Lee Taeyang’s return to the team as a free agent. However, in the bullpen fight, losses are occurring one after another.

Hanwha’s bullpen ERA is bad at 5.14, but it’s not the worst either. It is ranked 7th out of 10 teams. However, at the critical moment of the game, the result is always bad.

Hanwha coach Carlos SuberoThe pattern of pitching operation is that veteran pitchers who are relatively stable in pitching and are good at fighting are put in in the middle of the game, and ‘pitch type’ pitchers are placed in the second half of the game.

In the opening game against Kiwoom in Gocheok on the 1st, Birch Smith withdrew due to injury after 2 outs in the 3rd inning, so Lee Tae-yang (1.1 innings) and Jung Woo-ram (1 innings) crossed the middle of the game.안전놀이터 However, in the 10th inning, when Jang Si-hwan, who throws a fast ball, appeared as a closer, the game finally gave up.

Hanwha lost in the same pattern even after taking the lead after the 8th inning against SSG in Daejeon on the 7th and 8th. In the game on the 7th, the game was overturned 3-1, and in the 9th inning, the finisher Jang Si-hwan came out, withdrew with 2 hits and 1 walk, and then Yoon San-heum destroyed himself with 2 walks. Of course, three walks were crucial, and both were pitchers whose weakness was pitching. Even in the game on the 8th, Hanwha took a generous lead of 5-0 in the beginning, but Yoon San-heum, who was 5-4 but came up in the 8th inning, got an out count, while giving up 2 walks on 1 hit, and allowed a tie, and lost in overtime. . The pitcher in the 10th inning was Nam Ji-min, who is expected to play as a swingman this year.

The quickest way to strengthen the bullpen is to acquire a good bullpen pitcher. Another way is to increase your odds by finding detailed reliever pitching practices. The capabilities of reliever pitchers are different in terms of records with opponents, strengths and weaknesses with and without runners, and concentration by game situation. However, this year’s Hanwha bullpen does not show much difference from last year. Using the same pitcher in the same way and expecting better results is itself ‘excessive greed’.


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