A month ago, he was perfect. He didn’t commit a single blown save and led the league in saves. However, on March 27, he recorded his first blown save of the season against Doosan in Jamsil. He now has three blown saves this month. Kim Won-hyung, the manager of the SSG, had a pitying look for Seo Jin-yong (31), the reliever who has been protecting the back door of the SSG.
“The last game against Doosan was a disappointing game for the team,” Kim said before the game against LG in Jamsil on the 16th. We faced Kim In-tae with two outs and three runners on base, and I think it was right to go head-to-head. Even if we got a hit against Kim, we would have tied the game, but we struggled and got a walk. I was most disappointed that I gave up a walk to Kim In-tae.”
Seo failed to protect the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 2-0 win over Doosan in Jamsil on April 14. After giving up the first run, he gave up a walk to pinch-hitter Kim In-tae to put runners on second and third, and then allowed Kim to steal second base to put runners on second and third. He sent Park Kye-beom to the plate for the final out, but gave up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Heo Kyung-min to end the game.먹튀검증
This was Seo’s best performance of the entire season. He hasn’t had a blown save in over half the season and leads the league in saves with 35, just nine shy of second place. However, he can’t be faulted for struggling in the most important end-of-season games. The team is also facing a slippery slope as they struggle in the second half of the season.
“I think we’re struggling physically,” said Kim. We’re making more mistakes than before. There are times when I throw a forkball on an 0-2 count and get hit in the middle. I don’t think we can ignore the physical part,” he said, diagnosing Seo’s struggles.
It’s also hard to come up with an immediate alternative. The quickest answer is for Seo to stand up for himself. Coach Kim said, “When we have to go through a difficult game or avoid a game, we sign from the bench. Now, when we need to win, I think we need to communicate from the bench. We need to create an atmosphere where players can actively fight and compete,” Kim said, urging Seo to be aggressive.
Meanwhile, SSG’s lineup for the day was Choo Shin-soo (designated hitter), Choi Ji-hoon (center field), Choi Jeong (third base), Eredia (left field), Choi Ju-hwan (first base), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Han Yu-seom (right field), Kim Sung-hyun (second base), and Kim Min-sik (catcher). The starting pitcher is Oh Won-seok.