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With 31 wins and 49 losses, he is also five games behind the ninth-ranked Kiwoom Heroes (38 wins, 2 draws and 46 losses).
Founded in 1982, the first year of professional baseball, Samsung has never finished the season at the bottom. In order for Samsung to escape the humiliation of being the "first last place" in its foundation, it must rebound in the second half, which begins on the 21st.
In order for Samsung to succeed in rebounding, the starting lineup is urgently needed.
Samsung is a team with solid first to third starters. The first to third starters, consisting of David Buchanan, Albert Suarez, and Won Tae-in, are also Samsung's strengths.
However, the three fell short of expectations during the first half.
Buchanan's performance was jagged until last month. He had 5 wins, 5 losses, and a 3.06 ERA in 14 games until June, but there were ups and downs. Buchanan, who pitched well with one run in seven innings against the NC Dinos on May 21, was shaken by five runs in four innings against the KT Wiz on May 27, his next appearance.
Suarez, who was expected to make a strong one-two punch with Buchanan, fell further below expectations. In 14 games until June, he was shaken by 2 wins, 7 losses, and a 4.55 ERA. During the month of June, he was sluggish with one win, three losses, and a 5.79 ERA in five games.
Won Tae-in also showed sluggish performance at the beginning of the season due to his participation in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). Until May, he had only three wins, three losses, and a 4.30 ERA in nine games.
However, at the end of the first half, Buchanan, Suarez, and Won Tae-in all seemed to gradually regain stability.
Buchanan lost face with five runs (four earned runs) in five innings against the Hanwha Eagles on the 1st of this month, but he showed perfect pitching with two hits, five strikeouts, and two walks in seven innings against the NC Dinos on the 8th.
In the match against the KIA Tigers on the 13th, the last appearance in the first half, he struck out eight in nine innings and pitched well with four hits and one run.
Suarez was also hopeful. In the game against the Doosan Bears on the 4th and the NC Dinos on the 9th, he kept five innings and six innings without losing a point, respectively.
Won Tae-in has regained his native ace status since last month. In four games in June, he had only one loss due to poor luck, but his ERA was only 1.73. He pitched 26 innings and recorded only five earned runs.
It continued to rise in July. He pitched well with one run in six innings against Hanwha on the 2nd. In the match against the KIA Tigers on the 12th, he suffered a loss due to the batters, but he did his part with three runs (one earned run) in 6⅓ innings.
In July, when the three were stable, Samsung had a nearly 50% winning rate with four wins and five losses in nine games.
If Buchanan, Suarez, and Won Tae-in continue to play at the end of the first half in the second half, they can provide an opportunity for a rebound.
On top of that, if Baek Jung-hyun and Choi Chae-heung, the fourth and fifth starters, support well, Samsung can gain more momentum.
Monday, December 4, 2023