LG’s Achilles Heel with One Win Left Until the Championship

LG Twins closing pitcher Go Woo-seok (25) is struggling greatly in the Korean Series.

LG will clash with KT Wiz in Game 5 of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL Korean Series (Best of 7) held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 13th. 

LG, which has a series record of 3 wins and 1 loss, can win the Korean Series for the first time in 29 years since 1994 if it wins just one more game. 카지노사이트랭크

LG, which suffered a 2-3 come-from-behind loss in Game 1, succeeded in turning the tide of the series by winning 5-4 in Game 2 thanks to Park Dong-won’s two-run home run in the 8th inning. 

In Game 3, Oh Ji-hwan hit a come-from-behind three-run home run in the 9th inning, leading to an 8-7 comeback victory. 

LG, on the rise, won 15-4 in Game 4, with the batting lineup hitting 17 hits and 3 home runs.

LG, who was only one win away from winning, crossed the 9th ridge to win. 

LG, with a series record of 3 wins and 1 loss, has a 94% (16/17) chance of winning. 

In the history of the Korean Series, all teams with 3 wins and 1 loss have succeeded in winning the championship, with only one exception. 

In 2013, Samsung (loss, loss, loss, win, win, win) was the only example of a successful comeback.

However, LG, which is confident of winning, also has concerns. 

This is Ko Woo-seok, the closing pitcher who showed signs of instability in the Korean Series. 

Go Woo-seok played an active part in 44 games (44 innings) this season with 3 wins, 8 losses, 15 saves, and an ERA of 3.68. 

However, he is not able to get out of his slump in the Korean series.

Go Woo-seok, who was on the Korean Series stage for the first time since his debut, took the mound in the 9th inning in Game 1 on the 7th when both teams were tied 2-2.

Although he got 2 outs, he walked Bae Jeong-dae and gave up 1 RBI to Moon Sang-cheol.

He hit a base hit and became the losing pitcher. LG lost 2-3.

Go Woo-seok seemed to have regained his stability in the second game on the 8th. 

LG came on the mound in the 9th inning with a 5-4 lead, struck out both Min-hyuk Kim and Cho Yong-ho

and grounded Sang-soo Kim to second base, earning his first Korean Series save in his debut.

However, they collapsed once again in the third game on the 10th. 

Go Woo-seok, who was on the mound in the 8th inning with LG ahead 5-4

was in danger with Bae Jeong-dae’s hit and Kim Sang-soo’s sacrifice bunt with 1 out and 2nd base, and was eventually hit by Hwang Jae-gyun’s tying 1-run double.

Next, Byung-ho Park was allowed to hit a two-run home run.

Go Woo-seok finished the 8th inning with difficulty, catching Jang Seong-woo and Lee Sang-ho with ground balls.

LG succeeded in coming back 8-7 with Oh Ji-hwan hitting a three-run home run in the 9th inning.

Go Woo-seok went on the mound in the 9th inning and struck out leadoff hitter Anthony Alford.

However, he sent out Kim Jun-tae with a pitch that hit his body, and was hit by Jeong Jun-young

putting him in danger with one out and runners on first and second base. 

In the end, Go Woo-seok handed over the mound to Lee Jeong-yong and went down.

After a wild pitch, Lee Jeong-yong sent Bae Jeong-dae out on an automatic 4th pitch to load the bases

but saved the victory by inducing Kim Sang-soo to hit a double play. Go Woo-seok became the winning pitcher.

Go Woo-seok, who did not pitch in Game 4, has 1 win, 1 loss, 1 save, and an average ERA of 10.80 in 3 games (3⅓ innings) in the Korean Series.

 Although the performance was poor, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said in a pre-game interview ahead of Game 4 on the 11th, “Go Woo-seok will go out today if he is in a save situation. 

As long as he’s in good shape, I think he’ll go out. 

He is a player who needs to be used anyway,” he said, emphasizing that closing pitcher Go Woo-seok must eventually overcome his sluggish performance.

Starting catcher Park Dong-won said, “(Go) Woo-seok gave me a point this time

so I believe he won’t give me a point in the next game.

And I believe he will do well,” he said, showing his faith in Go Woo-seok. 

He continued, “What was a little disappointing was that there were a lot of balls that fell out of the strike zone. 

Of course, Wooseok probably didn’t throw it like that on purpose. 

It would have been much better if the ball had come into the strike zone a little more. 

He added.

“But that’s not easy,” said Park Dong-won, adding, “I think Wooseok wasn’t so lucky. 

He will do better next time,” he said, looking forward to Go Woo-seok’s rebound.

LG, which seemed to have difficulty finding its batting sense in the first game, saw its batters’ pace noticeably improve through the second, third, and fourth games.

 If the batters hit hard like they did in Game 4

the role of Ko Woo-seok, the closing pitcher, may not be very important.

However, KT, which is on the verge of losing the series, has already announced an all-out war.

 It is more likely that there will not be a game where the score gap is as wide as the 4th game. 

If it goes to a pitcher’s battle, LG can win only if Ko Woo-seok survives.

Attention is being paid to whether LG, which is attempting to win the championship for the first time in 29 years since 1994

can lift the Korean Series championship trophy with the revival of Go Woo-seok.

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