‘Mound collapse → 5th place fall’ SSG has only one QS in 8 games in September…the vicious cycle continues

SSG Landers’ starters couldn’t hold on again.

SSG drew 8-8 in extra innings in the 14th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on September 9.

Starting pitcher Oh Won-seok struggled, allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings. Oh Won-seok has given up a whopping 25 runs (22 earned) in five games from last month’s game against Lotte to today’s game against KT.

The bullpen is being overloaded because the starters are falling apart early. It’s been a problem all season. It’s a vicious cycle. The SSG starters have been especially bad in September.

In the eight games leading up to today’s game against KT, they have only pitched one quality start. SSG’s team ERA in September is 7.26, the lowest in the league, and its starting ERA is 8.66, the lowest in the league.

In a home game against KIA on the 1st, foreign left-hander Roenis Elias took the loss after allowing five runs in five innings. The next day (Feb. 2), Moon Seung-won took the loss after giving up four runs in 5⅔ innings, and on Feb. 3, Oh Won-seok avoided a loss but gave up five runs in six innings.

On the first day in Daejeon, against Hanwha, trusted foreign left-hander Kirk McCarty was pulled early after giving up six runs in three innings. On the sixth, “Ace” Kim Kwang-hyun was pulled after giving up four runs in 3⅔ innings.

Against Hanwha on the 7th, Elias pitched a quality start of 6 innings and 1 run. Although the game was overturned, it was the first quality start from the starting lineup in a long time.

However, on the first day of the trip to Suwon (Aug. 8), Moon Seung-won took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout in three innings. The next starter, submarine Jong-hoon Park, also struggled, giving up six runs in three innings. The bad luck of the starters continued until Oh Won-seok on the ninth.토토사이트

SSG’s starting pitchers are not doing their job. As a result, the bullpen is bound to lose strength. It’s not just a matter of one or two days. The more innings the bullpen has to pitch, the weaker they become. No innings eater in sight. The bullpen is struggling to get through six innings, let alone seven.

On top of that, SSG battled through 12 extra innings. After Oh Won-seok’s early exit in the third inning, Lee Eun-wook (2 innings), Lee I-roon (2 innings), Ko Hyo-joon (⅔ innings), Noh Kyung-eun (2⅓ innings), and Seo Jin-yong (2 innings) were used in succession. The final game of the trip is at 2 p.m. The pressure is on for the pitchers.

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