The Hanwha Eagles and LG Twins will face off in Game 4 of the season at Jamsil Stadium on the 19th.
The pitching of Hanwha starting pitcher Moon Dong-ju is of interest. He is 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 6 games this season.
On the 13th, against SSG in Incheon, he recorded the worst pitching in his debut with 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 walks and 7 runs in 2⅓ innings. After the sacking of coach Subero, he was sluggish in his first appearance. Before the game that day, the average ERA was good at 2.28, but with 7 runs, the average ERA soared to 4.20.
Attention is focusing on whether Moon Dong-ju will show a rebound against LG, which boasts the league’s strongest attack power. The LG lineup has the best destructive power at the beginning of the season. Team batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and OPS all rank first in the league. Hong Chang-ki and Moon Seong-joo, who rank first and second in on-base percentage, are active as table setters, and 30% batters are lined up in the center of the batting line. Home run leader Park Dong-won (10) and Geopo prospect Lee Jae-won show off their long hitting power in the 7th and 8th. They are 7-8-7-7-9 in their last 5 games.
Coincidentally, Moon Dong-ju’s record against LG is not good. I made my professional debut on May 10 last year against LG, and I was embarrassed with 4 runs in ⅔ innings. In the starting game against LG on September 27 last year, he became a losing pitcher with 5 innings and 1 run. 2 games against LG, 1 loss, average ERA of 7.94.
Moon Dong-ju only pitched 28⅔innings last year, so he is eligible for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. He showed a good pitch in the second half of last year, and was expected to lead the rookie race by throwing a 160km fastball at the beginning of the season.
But competitors are popping up all over the place. Second-hand rookies NC Lee Yong-jun, Doosan Kim Dong-ju, KIA Choi Ji-min, and this year’s newcomers Hanwha Kim Seo-hyun, KIA Yoon Young-cheol, Lotte Lotte Kim Min-seok, LG Park Myung-geun, and SSG Song Young-jin are showing good performances.
In just over a month, Moon Dong-joo’s position in the Rookie of the Year game has changed a lot. We need to show resilience to immediately make up for the previous sluggish record.
On the other hand, Moon Dong-joo is an ace who is burdened with the starting matchup card. The LG starting pitcher is Kelly. This year, he is recording an average ERA of 4.78 with 3 wins and 2 losses in 8 games. In April, he only won 1 win in 6 games and had an average ERA of 5.66, but in May, he recorded 2 consecutive wins with 1 run in 7 innings and 3 runs in 7 innings.