A strong pitching matchup is expected. But ‘the ball is round’.
The Hanwha Eagles (Hanwha) will host the Kiwoom Heroes (Kiwoom) in a KBO regular season game at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon.
In the head-to-head matchup, Hanwha starter Nam Ji-min (1-5, 6.23 ERA in 30.1 innings) has the slight edge. Nam has posted a 1.69 ERA against Kiwoom this season, the lowest among the seven clubs he has faced. LG (2.25) is right behind him.
In particular, his last start against Kiwoom was his best performance of the season. In his last start against Kiwoom on September 9, he showed his crisis management skills in a shaky 4.1 innings of no runs (1 earned) with two strikeouts and three walks.
Kiwoom’s starter, Jang Jae-young (1-4, 5.21 ERA in 67.1 innings), has been solid against Hanwha.
The team’s 2.79 ERA against Hanwha is the fourth-lowest among the nine clubs. Lotte (0.00), KT (1.54), and Doosan (2.70) are below them.
However, it’s worth noting the results of their last game. On the 10th, he pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief against Hanwha, giving up just one hit. He followed that up with a solid outing on the 15th, allowing just one hit and no walks, so he’s physically ready to go.
The bats of both teams are in a similar situation. Kiwoom has been hot at the plate, scoring 4+ runs in his last three games. In the middle of the order, center fielder Lee Joo-hyung has been crucial to the team’s rise with two straight three-hit games.
If Hanwha can’t silence Lee, who was rested in the previous game, they will be forced to rely on their core batting lineup of Kim Hye-sung and Lee Ju-hyung.메이저사이트
For Hanwha, Kim Tae-yeon has shown consistent hit production. She is currently on a three-game hitting streak, and in the last game against Kia, she turned around a 0-3 deficit in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single.
Although she may not be in the spotlight, if Kim Tae-yeon can deliver a game-changing hit in this game as well, it will allow other hitters like Chae Eun-sung and Noh Si-hwan to come alive and help the team extend its winning streak.