Second place in the league with 70-80% power…How will the second half of LG, the defending champion, be?

The defending champion LG Twins finished the first half of the season second (46 wins, two draws and 38 losses) in the league. The team had an uphill battle due to a series of injuries from the beginning of the season, but ended its preparation to take the lead by overcoming many unfavorable factors. It is 3.5 games shorter than the Kia Tigers (48 wins, two draws and 33 losses), the leading team in the league.

Ham Deok-joo, a home rabbit who signed a free agent (FA) contract from the off-season, was away due to long-term injuries. After the season began, starting pitchers Lim Chan-kyu and Choi Won-tae, relievers Park Myung-geun and Kim Yoo-young left. In the fielders, catcher Park Dong-won, infielder Oh Ji-hwan and outfielder Moon Sung-joo were also absent, so they could not play with full strength.여우알바

Ahead of the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes match on the 4th, the last game of the first half, LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “There were many difficult situations overall, but the players worked hard to create conditions to challenge for first place in the second half. Now, we are not challenging (the championship), but we have to keep it. Since the batting pace has never risen, I think if it comes up in the second half, it will be a game in the second half. Baseball is not always easy, but we finished well despite difficulties.”

LG, which suffered injuries but endured the crisis well, will return one by one at the beginning of the second half. The team is planning to start the season with a strong goal of No. 1 ranking after completing the entire team. Asked if the team’s performance in the first half of the year was around 70 to 80 percent of its capacity in the league, Yeom said, “Yes, I’ve never played 100 percent since the opening game.

Oh Ji-hwan will return to the mound during three consecutive games during the week against KIA, which will open the door for the second half of the season. Moon Sung-joo, who only had to wait as a substitute despite his return to the mound at the end of the first half due to his hamstring injury, is also expected to play defense. Choi will start as the fourth starting pitcher in the second half of the season. The expected schedule is a match against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on Wednesday. Reliever Park Myung-geun is also planning to return within two weeks after the start of the second half, while Ham Deok-joo is planning to start in early August at the latest. Yeom believes that if they all join, there will be a time for him to advance.

The first schedule of the second half of this year will be a showdown that cannot be avoided. This is an important game that determines whether the team narrows the gap with the No. 1 Kia Tigers from the beginning. “I feel like I have to do well because of the Kia Tigers from the beginning. I think I just need to do well,” captain Kim Hyun-soo said on the showdown with Kia. “(Oh) Ji-hwan, Choi) and (Won Tae-na are) plus factors. Existing players have filled the void really well. Players who will return must have felt sorry, but I think they will do that well.”

Having played 86 games in the first half, LG still has 58 games left in the second half. The team’s goal of building a dynasty and making a strong journey to win for the second consecutive championship will gain momentum along with the inclusion of players who are injured.

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