It is rewarding to take 3rd place after a last-minute ranking battle. We got enough rest, and the team’s core players returned to play in the postseason.
On the 21st, KBO released the semi-playoff entry for NC Dinos and SSG Landers.
Both teams have a total of 40 members, including the manager (1), coaches (9), and players (30). NC Shin Min-hyuk and SSG Elias were expected to face each other as starters in the first game.
The two teams fought fiercely until the last game of the regular season. As a result, the winner was SSG. SSG won both of its two consecutive games against Doosan, overcoming a huge slump in the middle of the season to achieve a valuable result of 3rd place. On the other hand, NC had to be satisfied with 4th place and 2 consecutive losses to the KIA Tigers.
NC won 14-9 against Doosan on the 19th after a hard-fought battle, ending the wild card match in one game. Even with ace Eric Peddie missing and another foreign player, Tanner Turley, struggling by allowing 5 runs in 4 innings, the team took the victory thanks to the bats of Seo Ho-cheol and Kim Hyeong-jun, who combined for 3 home runs and 10 RBIs, including a grand slam, and it seems that they used this as an opportunity to turn the atmosphere around.
SSG also felt rewarded for taking 3rd place after putting in all their effort. Leading hitter Choi Jeong and first starter McCarty were named to the semi-playoff entries. This is McCarty’s first return to the first team since leaving the team due to an internal oblique muscle injury during the game against Munhak Lotte on September 23. As long as he is healthy, he is a pitcher who will become a solid 1st to 3rd starter along with Elias and Kim Gwang-hyun.
Choi Jeong also hit three home runs in October alone, recording a total of 29 home runs, trailing Noh Si-hwan, who was participating in the Hangzhou Asian Games, by two. However, before the end of the regular season, he was forced to leave due to an unexpected hamstring injury, leaving him with regret.메이저사이트
At the time of the final two-game series, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung expressed his frustration about whether the two players would return, saying, “I don’t know. I will participate in the postseason.” In particular, he expressed his expectations for McCarty, saying, “His physical condition has improved a lot. It won’t be easy until the semi-playoffs, but he can play in the playoffs.”
SSG, with the return of the core of Tuta, will enter the semi-playoffs against NC starting on the 22nd.