Who will be the starter against Taiwan?
The Korean national baseball team, led by coach Ryu Joong-il, will play the final against Taiwan in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Stadium 1 of the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center near Hangzhou, China, on the 7th.
Korea defeated both Japan and China in the super round, with 2 wins and 1 loss including the group round and super round, and advanced to the finals along with Chinese Taipei, which had 3 wins. Korea, which succeeded in advancing to the finals for the fourth time in a row, will attempt to win the tournament for the fourth time in a row.
Korea won 8-1 in a fierce battle with China. Starter Won Tae-in (Samsung Lions) pitched 6 scoreless innings, followed by Jung Woo-young (LG Twins), Jang Hyun-seok (LA Dodgers), and Ko Woo-seok (LG0) allowing 1 run in 3 innings. Taiwan, which also advanced to the finals, lost to Korea in the preliminaries
. This is the team that inflicted defeat. At the time, Korea lost 0-4 to Taiwan. Taiwan’s starting pitcher, 20-year-old minor leaguer Lin Yu-min, tied the Korean batting line down by pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 6 strikeouts, and no runs. But then and now, Korea
. The batting lineup is completely different. They are alive. They are even hitting long shots. In addition to Dong-hee Yoon (Lotte Giants) and Ji-hoon Choi (SSG Landers), who have been playing well since the opening of the tournament, Baek-ho Kang (KT Wiz) has now come back to life. Baek-ho Kang has 3 home runs, including 1 home run against China. He played an active role with a hit, 1 RBI, and 2 runs. Switch hitter Kim Joo-won (NC Dinos) also added strength to the team with multiple hits, 2 RBIs, and 1 run, including a home run. In the Korean batting line the previous day, all of the starting batters hit hits
. Also, after the Taiwan game, he had 11 hits and 17 points against Thailand on the 3rd, 6 hits and 2 points against Japan on the 5th, and 16 hits and 8 points against China on the 6th. He hit 33 hits in three games. The important thing now is selection.
3 Na Kyun-an, who started against Hong Kong on the 1st, Park Se-woong (Lotte), who started against Japan on the 5th, and Won Tae-in, who started against Hong Kong on the 1st and China on the 6th, are virtually impossible to start. In that case, the remaining starting resource is Moon Dong-ju, who started against Taiwan on the 2nd
. (Hanwha Eagles) And Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears), who could not play a single game due to phlegm symptoms.
First, Moon Dong-ju recorded 3 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings in his debut game for the adult national team against Taiwan. He wasn’t bad. However, he left some regrets as a missed throw in the first inning and a wild pitch in the fourth먹튀검증 inning resulted in a run.
Coach Ryu Joong-il also said, “Moon Dong-ju threw well. However, he gave up a run in the first inning because the breaking ball was high, and the wild pitch in the fourth inning was also disappointing.”
Kwak Bin is a player that coach Ryu Joong-il classified as an ace along with Moon Dong-ju in this tournament. However, he, along with outfielder Choi Won-jun (KIA Tigers), has no record of playing in this tournament. He was unable to stand on the mound due to phlegm symptoms. Coach Ryu Joong-il said after the China game, “I was planning to use him after Won Tae-in, but the score gap in the beginning was large, so I plan to use him tomorrow (7th).”
Kwak Bin had a career-high season this season, recording 11 wins and 7 losses in 22 games. His sense of actual play may be a problem as he has not recorded any pitches since September 18th, but he may have more power on the ball as he has had enough rest.
Na Kyun-an, who played against Thailand on the 3rd, is likely to wait in the bullpen rather than start. He threw 54 pitches in one inning. Since he can only rest for three days, he is unlikely to be able to play long innings even if he does, but he showed powerful pitching, striking out 9 batters in the match against Thailand. He is a player who can play his role in important moments.
In the end, the selection card is narrowed down to Moon Dong-ju and Kwak Bin. Who will step forward? Will Kwak Bin, who is making his first and last appearance in the tournament, start as a starter, or will Moon Dong-ju, who inflicted defeat in his national team debut, be able to avenge his loss?
Coach Ryu Joong-il said, “I think the left-handed pitcher (Lin Yu-min) who appeared in the preliminary round will be selected for Taiwan. “He got hit once, so I will concentrate and try to attack him well,” he said, adding, “It was difficult for me to get to the final. He expressed his determination, saying, “I will prepare well and win the gold medal so as not to be defeated by Taiwan twice.”
The final match between Korea and Taiwan will be held at 6 PM on the 7th.