Pitching resources are overflowing, but entries are limited. Still, as a result of contemplating how to make use of its strengths, it built a first-of-its-kind long relief rotation. In the upcoming 2023 season, the LG mound will implement a 1+1 strategy in which one more starting pitcher is attached to the starting pitcher in every game.
The configuration is as follows. Lim Chan-kyu, Park Myeong-geun, Baek Seung-hyeon, and Yoo Young-chan, who proved their ability to throw more than one inning through demonstration games, rotate as long relief players. According to the opponent, one of the four waits behind the starting pitcher and takes the mound as the second pitcher and plays two or three innings before being excluded from the entry.
While resting for about 10 days, another long relief pitcher comes up to the first team. After taking a 10-day break in the 2nd team after starting the long relief, the season is played by touching the baton with the long relief that appeared in the 1st team game.
This is a strategy that takes into account the first week of the season, when the number of pitches by starting pitchers is limited to around 80, and the native starting lineup, which is still not perfect.
For example, on the 26th, in the match against Kiwoom in Gocheok, Park Myeong-geun started behind Kim Yun-shik, who started for the first time during the demonstration game. Kim Yun-sik played 3 innings and Park Myung-geun 2 innings, and they were responsible for the mound until the 5th inning.
Director Yeom Gyeong-yeop of LG said, “The most important thing at the camp was to create long relief resources. And we are confirming that the preparations for the trial period are well done. “I am really grateful to the pitching coaches,” he said. “We still have uncertainty about the selection of natives. However, if the long relief supports it from behind, it will be a strength. If the starter and the long go together until the 6th inning, and our Pil Seung-jo blocks it from the 7th inning, we can play a winning game,” he explained.
As director Yeom said, LG’s uneasy factor is the local selection. With Kim Yun-shik, Lee Min-ho, and Kang Hyo-jong in rotation, all three are in the process of growing as starting pitchers.
Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho, who have been on the stage for the first team since their first year and are about to start their fourth season, have yet to play the regular innings (144 innings). In the second half of last year, Kim Yun-sik performed brilliantly, but he is a 23-year-old pitcher who still needs management. Kang Hyo-jong is actually spending his first season in the first team this year.
So Long Relief backs them up. Veteran Lim Chan-gyu, rookie sidearm Park Myung-geun, who has proven his powerful pitch, and right-handed duo Baek Seung-hyun and Yoo Young-chan, who throw 150 km per hour, take on the role of ‘+1’ behind the starting pitcher.
All four took the test through demonstration games and received passing marks side by side. Until the match against Gocheok Kiwoom on the 26th, Lim Chan-gyu gave up 1 run in 8 innings in 3 games, Myung-geun Park gave up 2 runs in 8.1 innings in 3 games, Seung-hyun Baek scored no runs in 6 innings in 5 games, and Young-chan Yoo scored no runs in 4.2 innings in 5 games. 안전놀이터
As coach Yeom envisioned, if they and the starting pitcher endure until the 6th inning, from the 7th inning Lee Jeong-yong, Jung Woo-young and Ko Woo-seok can pitch side by side to win the game.
Entries are limited. Usually, about 14 pitchers are put in a 28-man entry. Substituting this into LG, 5 starting pitchers (Casey Kelly, Adam Plutko, Kim Yun-sik, Lee Min-ho, Kang Hyo-jong), 4 Pil Seung-jo (Kim Jin-seong, Lee Jung-yong, Jung Woo-young, and Ko Woo-seok), and 4 left-handed pitchers (Jin Hae-soo, Lee Woo-chan, Choi Seong-hoon, Choi Seong-hoon, and Ham Deok-joo) leave one spot left. only
However, when the 4 Long Relief members wait in the 2nd group and rotate with each other, rest and management are naturally achieved. Depending on the situation, space is also created for Yun Ho-sol, Kim Yu-young, and Seong Dong-hyun. You can flexibly deal with bullpen saturation situations.
Manager Yeom said, “I want to utilize all of the reliever pitchers in the 1st and 2nd teams. Rotating like this will motivate the bullpen pitchers in the 2nd team,” he said. “In July, two starting pitchers will be added. Lee Sang-young and Son Ju-young will join the starting lineup. If the starter and long relief endure together until this time, our mound will be much more stable in the second half,” he drew a blueprint.