The pace of the Doosan Bears, the representative of professional baseball, aiming for a revival, accelerated. Under coach Lee Seung-yeop’s direction, they won all 9 matches in July and were on the verge of advancing to the semifinals. If they win one more game, they will proudly mark a mark in the club’s history.
At the beginning of this month, Doosan’s place was in the bottom half of the leaderboard. It was 6th, 11.5 games behind the first place LG Twins. Behind them, KT Wiz, Hanwha Eagles and KIA Tigers followed closely. It was obvious that if I slipped, I would fall to the bottom of the ranks.
The world turned upside down in two weeks. Nine games were held, and Doosan laughed in all nine. The win rate far exceeded 50%, and the ranking jumped to third place alone. Considering that the two leading teams have stagnated, it is a position where you can look even higher.
The mound laid the foundation. During the 9-game winning streak, Doosan never gave the opposing team more than 5 points. They only gave 3 or 4 points each. The remaining 7 games were all within 2 points.
In this process, Brandon Waddell, the ‘lucky man’, made a revolutionary contribution. Coming in as a substitute in the place where Dylan’s file was sent out, he posted an overwhelming ERA of 1.04 in the first four games he started after his contract. Even this month, he won 2 wins with 1 run in 7 innings against Samsung Lions on the 6th and 1 run in 6 innings against SSG Landers on the 12th.
When the starting lineup, which included Raul Alcantara, Gwak Bin, and Brandon, gave strength, the bullpen also responded in iron-clad mode. This month, Doosan’s Guo Gu-jin’s average ERA was only 0.82. Kim Myung-shin swept 5 holds in 7 games and recorded 0 earned runs, and Jeong Cheol-won also blocked 5⅔ innings with no earned runs and recorded 2 saves and 3 holds.
The performances of the hitters were also well matched. José Rojas, who had been in the head of the coaching staff amidst Yang Eui-ji and Kang Seung-ho’s great performances, also showed the possibility of a rebound by raising his hitting pace. In addition, Park Jun-young, who transferred from NC Dinos to Park Se-hyuk’s reward player, contributed to the upward trend by scoring 5 hits (0.417) in 12 at-bats in 4 games after the call-up.
Not many expected Doosan’s good performance before the season. Considering the weakening of power over the years, the sluggishness in the previous season, and the change in leadership, the evaluation of the mid-ranking was the consensus. However, new head coach Lee Seung-yeop succeeded in getting the rookie command tower ticket within three months of the opening season.메이저사이트
The three-game series against the KIA Tigers, which starts on the 21st, is important for Doosan in many ways. In the second half, it is a game at stake to continue the previous upward trend, and it is also an opportunity to rewrite the club’s history. Doosan’s longest winning streak in the club’s history is 10 consecutive wins, which were recorded once in 2000 and once in 2018.