Samsung has schedule leeway, but opponents are strong…Variables in each team’s Asian Games squad
When you have no teeth, you have to make do with your gums. As the 2023 KBO season draws to a close, the battle for the top spot is fierce, and teams are faced with a jagged schedule. With 23 players missing from the baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, everyone is facing an even tougher battle.
As teams rearrange their schedules with games that have been postponed due to rain and games that have been left over, they are struggling to keep up. Some teams will have to travel to another location after playing just one game, while others will have to play a doubleheader and then play until Monday, a day off in the first place.먹튀검증
With 19 games remaining on the 11th, Samsung has a relatively easy schedule this week. They travel to Suwon on the 19th to face KT Wiz in a one-game series, then stay at home on the 20th and 22nd. They will face the SSG Landers on the 20th and the Doosan Bears on the 21st and 22nd. The 23rd and 24th are reserve days for postponed games.
Second-place KT, on the other hand, has a tougher schedule, facing Samsung on the 19th. Chasing down the first-place LG Twins is tough enough, but the twisted schedule is holding them back. After playing a doubleheader on the 17th, which was canceled due to rain on the 18th, they have to travel back and forth between their home stadium, Suwon, and Gwangju from the 19th to the 24th. With nine games in a row, it’s no wonder there are grumbles.
Samsung Lions starting pitcher Won Tae-in, who will not be able to pitch for Samsung for a while due to his selection to the Hangzhou Asian Games team. Courtesy of Samsung
That doesn’t mean Samsung can relax. While they have an easy schedule, their opponents are tough. KT is second, Doosan is fourth, and SSG is sixth. KT hasn’t given up the top spot, and Doosan isn’t counting on going to the postseason. SSG, which has fallen from the top to sixth place, is pitching hard every game and trying to break into the top five, which is the threshold for “fall baseball.
Samsung has only one reliable starting pitcher left, David Buchanan. Won Tae-in was called up to the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Taylor Widener remains unreliable, and Choi Chae-heung has been relegated to the bullpen. The team is fortunate to have a relatively easy schedule.
Other teams will also have to deal with the loss of players to the Hangzhou Asian Games. Most of them are young, but they are the mainstays of their teams. KT is missing key bullpen player Park Young-hyun and the recently resurrected Kang Baek-ho. SSG will lose center fielder Choi Ji-hoon and shortstop Park Sung-yi to Hangzhou, who are the core of their offense and defense. Doosan will be without their young ace Kwak Bin. Depending on the performance of the replacements, the teams could be evenly matched.
When you have no teeth, you have to make do with your gums. As the 2023 KBO season draws to a close, the battle for the top spot is fierce, and teams are faced with a jagged schedule. With 23 players missing from the baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, everyone is facing an…