Fall after ‘sweep’, unfortunately clash with Samsung again… Will Lotte shake off last year’s ‘nightmare’?
The Samsung Lions met again around the same time. Can we achieve different results this season?
In April of last year, the Lotte Giants took the mound on the mound in 5 games and recorded an average ERA of 1.76 with 3 wins and 1.76 ERA in 5 games, aiming for the Asian Games team with ‘Ace’ Charlie Barnes, who left a tremendous record of 4 wins and an undefeated ERA of 0.65. Park Se-woong, and Han Dong-hee, who wielded a fire bat with 7 home runs, 22 RBIs and a batting average of 0.427 OPS 1.249 in 24 games in 24 games, 14 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses with a win rate of 0.609, finished April in second place.
However, Lotte’s ‘gust’ in April did not lead to May. Lotte won the last game of 3 consecutive matches against the LG Twins, the first game in May, but suffered a 1 win 2 loss ‘Losing Series’ against KT Wiz, who had the first 3 consecutive matches, and the good flow was broken. And the opponent to face off against was the Samsung Lions, who finished April in a not-so-good atmosphere with 10-15 losses and 8th place. The results of this three-game series were fatal.
On May 6th, Lotte lost 0-5 against the Samsung Lions, recording their second consecutive loss, and the next day, they knelt 1-4, confirming the losing series. And in the last game of the 3-game series, it collapsed 2-4 and suffered a ‘sweep loss’, and fell into a quagmire of 4 consecutive losses. Lotte, which had finished second or higher for the first time in 10 years since 2012, started to plummet after leaving a shocking result in three consecutive matches with Samsung.
Of course, the combination of various bad news, such as the appearance of new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) confirmed and injured one after another, was one of the reasons for the fall, but Lotte’s May recorded 9 wins and 17 losses, tied with the NC Dinos for the lowest place. In the end, Lotte did not rebound until the end of the season, and finished the season in 8th place with a win rate of 0.457, 64 wins, 4 draws and 76 losses.
Lotte this year is in a very similar situation to last year. Lotte finished April this year with 14 wins and 8 losses, taking first place alone, which was 3949 days since July 7, 2012. In addition, Lotte started with the KIA Tigers on the 20th of last month and ran 8 consecutive victories until the Kiwoom Heroes on the 30th. This trend continued until the first game in May, and Lotte ran for 9 consecutive wins in 5358 days since the Sajik Samsung Lions match on August 30, 2008.
Of course there are differences. In April of last year, Lotte led the team’s upward trend with players who were ‘runaway’, including Barnes, Park Se-woong, and Han Dong-hee. But this time it’s a little different. Na Kyun-an is the only one who showed good enough to compete for the monthly MVP title. Lotte was the No. 1 team created by the entire team, including the team’s scoring position and batting average based on strong concentration and a solid bullpen.
The once good flow was stopped once. The winning streak has ended, and he is down from the top spot. Lotte lost 2-10 to KIA in the 5th game of the season on the 3rd, and the winning streak was interrupted, and the flow of the tide was interrupted. And on the 4th, due to rain, the game was not played, and on this day SSG Landers defeated KT and fell one step to second place. In the midst of this, Lotte coincidentally clashes with Samsung once again starting from ‘Children’s Day’.메이저사이트
Larry Sutton didn’t seem to forget his ‘nightmare’ of last year. Sutton held a meeting ahead of the KIA game in Gwangju on the 4th. The command tower said to the players, “We proved that we are a team that can win in April. The pitch and hit balance was not right in the first week, but over the past 10 days, we said that we made good results as one team.” There are 5 months left, and 6 months including the postseason. Our task is to show consistent performance during this period,” he emphasized.
From May 5th to 8th, Lotte will play three consecutive matches against Samsung at Sajik Stadium in Busan, its home stadium. The first game is unlikely to be held due to heavy rain. However, it is highly likely that the two-game series on the 6th and 7th will proceed normally. In order not to repeat last year’s nightmare, the results of the two games are important, and it remains to be seen whether they can show a different image from last year.