Domestic selection collapse, even 1R prospects go 2nd… Why did Lee Seung-yeop make the decision?

 “I think I should fight myself and win before I fight my opponent.”

Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop made changes to the first-team entry prior to the match against SSG Landers in Jamsil on the 25th. Pitcher Kim Dong-joo and catcher Park Yoo-yeon were notified of the 2nd division, and pitcher Kim Yoo-seong and catcher Ahn Seung-han were called up.메이저놀이터

Except for Kim Dong-ju, it stands out. Kim Dong-ju is from the 2nd round of the 2021 rookie draft. Expectations were high enough for him to start the season with 5 starts this year, with 2 wins and 5 losses in 15 games, 66⅔ innings pitched, and an earned run average of only 4.19. After reorganization in the 2nd team, he was entrusted with the 5th starting job again from the second half, but 4 games, 1 loss, 15 innings, and an average ERA of 7.20 did not meet expectations.

Doosan’s domestic starting lineup was in danger of collapse in the second half. Sidearm Choi Won-joon, who was a veteran among the domestic starters, changed his position to the bullpen after recording only 2 losses in 3 games, 11⅓ innings, and an ERA of 8.74. Right-hander Gwak Bin, who was selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team, is struggling with 1 win and 4 losses in 5 games, 29 innings, and an average ERA of 4.97, but he is the best pitcher in Korea and is keeping his place. And on that day, Kim Dong-ju was notified of being excluded from the starting rotation.

Coach Lee said, “Kim Dong-joo needs to reorganize. First of all, as a starting pitcher, your job is to do pitching that can instill a sense of stability in the fielding team and bench, leaving you with no points. He explained the background of the expulsion of the 1st team entry, saying, “I had a lot of trouble because I was beaten and played in the first inning because I was struggling.”

He continued, “I showed good form in the beginning, and since it was my first full-time job, there were many ups and downs and many failures. I think I will have to reorganize to come back. I hope you do it with the thought of starting again. If you have a good pitch, you have a chance. I hope you don’t think in a hurry.”

Kim Dong-ju was not a source of strength as the current starting lineup in Korea collapsed together, but in the long term, he is a promising player who should be in charge of the starting lineup.

Coach Lee said, “Kim Dong-ju is 21 years old at our age. He is a player with a lot of work to do in the future. I think his physique conditions and his sense of throwing the ball are good. 

Doosan filled the vacancy left by Choi Won-joon with left-hander Choi Seung-yong. However, Choi Seung-yong left due to a finger injury, and Kim Min-kyu was appointed as a replacement.

Kim Dong-joo’s replacement starting pitcher is Lee Won-jae. A lefty from the second round of the 2022 rookie draft, he only appeared in one game in the first team this year. In the Futures League, the content was good with 3 wins, 2 losses, 1 save, 34⅔ innings, and an average ERA of 1.30 in the last 10 games.

Manager Lee said, “I’m trying to give Lee Won-jae a chance because he is giving up 20 innings and 1 run in the 2nd team. Because he has posted good grades, he has to use good players. Because one spot is vacant. I think it depends on the content of his pitching. I hope he pitches himself without being intimidated.”

As of the 25th, Doosan is in 5th place with 53 wins, 51 losses and 1 draw. In a situation where he had to put up a last-minute spurt to compete in the round of 5, he was put in a difficult situation where he had to hold out as a substitute player for 2 spots in the domestic selection. Can Doosan overcome this crisis and continue competing in the top 5?

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