LG suffered one win and two losses to Hanwha, the lowest, and KT suffered a three-game sweep loss to Kiwoom, the ninth place. It’s an even more irresistible confrontation.
LG beat its second-place chasers with seven to eight games, and the gap narrowed due to KT’s terrifying rise in the second half. As KT slowed down to three consecutive losses, it was 5.5 games apart. Depending on the results of the three consecutive games, the gap between the first and second places may fluctuate between 2.5 and 8.5 games.
KT prepared to start three consecutive games against LG in the order of Cuevas (5th), Benjamin (6th), and Ko Young-pyo (7th). The first to third starters will be properly matched. Against this, head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said from the end of August, “Benjamin will definitely come in (as a starter). All you have to do is beat Benjamin.” 안전놀이터
This is because Benjamin is a representative pitcher with weak LG this season. Benjamin took the mound as a starting pitcher for the opening game against LG this year and won the game with two hits and one run (non- earned run) in six innings, and won the game with terrifying pitching whenever he met LG.
Last year, Benjamin took the mound once against LG and became a losing pitcher with three runs in four innings, which is completely different this year. Benjamin has four wins and a 0.71 ERA in four games against LG. He threw 25⅓ innings in four games and allowed eight runs (two earned runs) (Benjamin has 10 wins, five losses, and a 4.72 ERA in 20 games, excluding his performance against LG)
Coach Yeom said, “It’s five wins and five losses with KT, but I lost four games to one Benjamin.” Isn’t it time to win once. “No. 1 must win,” he stressed. Even in case we meet in the postseason in the future, we should break the Benjamin jinx once in the regular season.
In all five games in August, Cuevas recorded a quality start plus (more than seven innings and less than three earned runs), showing five wins and an ERA of 0.50 (two runs in 36 innings). However, Cuevas is sluggish with an ERA of 11.25 against LG without winning or losing two games. He allowed four runs in five innings and six runs in three innings, respectively.
Ko Young-pyo, who has made quality starts in 12 consecutive games and has made quality starts in seven consecutive games, has also played three games against LG this year and is sluggish with one loss and 6.57 ERA without a victory. On May 18, he was hit hard by 12 hits and 8 runs in 4 2⅔ innings. On July 26, he pitched well with one run in seven innings, but did not win.