‘Cancelled due to rain → double header’ A battle of wits over the big match selection for 1st and 2nd place, why did the selection for the first game change?

The big match for 1st and 2nd place was canceled due to fall rain, so a double header was held. 메이저사이트

The game between LG Twins and KT Wiz scheduled to be held at Jamsil Stadium on the 26th was canceled due to rain. It had been raining at Jamsil Stadium since the night before, and rain continued to fall until this afternoon. 

There were puddles of water all over the warning track in front of the fence and the outfield. KBO decided to cancel due to rain at 5 p.m. As the LG-KT game was canceled on this day, it will be held as a double header at Jamsil Stadium on the 27th.

LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop mentioned adjusting the starting rotation if the game is canceled due to rain in a press briefing before the game. Coach Yeom said, “If there is a double header tomorrow, Kelly will start the first game and Kim Yun-sik will start the second game.” 

Manager Yeom has the conviction to nominate a strong pitcher as the starter for the first game of a doubleheader. In the past, during the 2019 SK season, in a double header against Doosan at the end of the season, ace Kim Gwang-hyun was selected as the starter for the second game, and this theory came from the experience of losing both double headers. 

Kelly will take 5 days off to start the first game of the double header, and Kim Yun-sik, who was announced as a starter on the 26th, will prepare to start the second game of the double header.

Kelly is worse than last year with 9 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 4.02 this season, but is recording good results with 2 wins, no losses, and an ERA of 1.48 in the last five games. He is reviving the value of his changeup pitch and regaining the glory that earned him the most wins last year. He recorded 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings against KT on the 6th.

KT coach Lee Kang-cheol announced on the 27th that after the decision to cancel due to rain, he will be the starting pitcher for the first game and excluded for the second game. Sovereignty is a temporary selection. But why is Sovereign as the starter in the first game? 

Manager Lee Kang-cheol explained, “I was wondering who LG would select as the starter for the first game, but it seemed like Kelly would be the starter. We will avoid strong pitchers, and with a strategy of 1 win and 1 loss, Jeong Jeong-seong will be the starter for the second game.” When told that Kelly would be the starter for the first game of the doubleheader, he was satisfied and said, “I knew that would happen.” 

Sovereign has pitched in 38 games this season and has 1 win, 1 loss, 4 holds, and an ERA of 4.43. He appeared in all 38 games out of the bullpen, and this was his first time as a starter.

KT is in a desperate position to maintain second place. KT is 2.5 games ahead of NC in 3rd place and 4.5 games ahead of Doosan in 4th place. However, KT only has 12 games remaining. Among the top 5 competing teams, they have played the most games, so there are only a few games left. This means there is little chance of winning. 

KT will have a hellish 9-game series including a double header from October 1st to 8th. During a nine-game series, a temporary starter must pitch three games. The four-game series against KIA is a watershed. 

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