Technical support issues
In the game against the Doosan Bears at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 3rd, he pitched 93 innings, 5 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 1 run (non- earned run), but became a losing pitcher without the help of the batters and defense.
However, he showed off his 'unheatable' aspect by pitching for the third quality start plus (more than seven innings and less than three earned runs) in the second half. Including the game, the average ERA in eight games in the second half is 1.43 (eight earned runs in 50⅓ innings), continuing his salty pitching. The slump in the first half is raising its status to a major reversal in the second half.
And Wilkerson has dominated the KBO League with aggressive pitching since joining as a substitute. That's no less than Barnes. He continues his stable pitching with a 1.69 ERA (8 earned runs in 42⅓ innings) in seven games. He has joined as a substitute and is recording perfect results.
The combined ERA of the two players in the second half is 1.55 (16 earned runs in 93 innings). All are building the foundation for the team's victory based on their excellent innings. In a total of 15 games in the second half of the year, he collaborated with Quality Start Plus 11 times (more than 6 innings and less than 3 earned runs) and 5 times. He has never been substituted before five innings. The team recorded a 10-5 win rate of .667 in the two players' appearances.
Records prove that Lotte is playing the second half with a powerful one-two punch that dominates the league. With this explanation, Lotte is naturally in the top five, and at least in the second half, it should make a big leap forward. But the reality is different.
Despite having the strongest foreign pitchers in the second half, Lotte has only a 13-20 win rate of .394. It ranks seventh in the second half and seventh overall in the season. It has not been able to maximize the ability of foreign pitchers in the team.
It is disastrous with 3 wins and 15 losses (winning rate .167) when other starting pitchers except for the two players came out. Pitchers such as Park Se-woong (4.66 in 7 games), Na Kyun-an (5.63 in 3 games), Han Hyun-hee (5.21 in 3 games), and Lee In-bok (6.10 in 3 games) had bad ERA in the second half and failed to support foreign one-two punches. He also made 37 defensive errors, failing to support the pitching staff at all.
The match against Doosan on the 3rd was the same as Lotte's miniature version in the second half.
Friday, December 1, 2023