“It feels very different coming to Jamsil Baseball Stadium. We need Kim Yun-sik (LG Twins) to get the shutout.”
LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop said after entering Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
Yoon and the LG squad, which won the regular season this year with 86 wins, two ties and 56 losses to win the championship and earn a direct ticket to the Korean Series, spent the 28th in Icheon for a training camp in preparation for the Korean Series. They then moved to Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 29th.
LG, which will play its third blue-and-white game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, will play an evaluation game against Sangsung on Oct. 31 and the first of next month. On Nov. 3 and 4, they will play again, and on Nov. 6, they will have a final training session to prepare for the Korean Series, which starts on Nov. 7.
Speaking before the Blue-Black game on the 29th, manager Yeom Kyung-yup said, “It feels very different coming to Jamsil Baseball Stadium. From the moment I entered the manager’s office, I felt a little different. The players will feel it too. It’s definitely not just me. The players will also feel a little different. There will be a feeling of ‘we are about to start’.” 스포츠토토
“It’s different from the postseason I’ve played in the past. “I think the failures I’ve had in the past have given me enough things to study,” he said, “I’ve organized myself. In Icheon, it was a time to organize. I looked back at my failures and tried to take the things that didn’t go well and use them to help the players in the Korean Series. The first thing is (to) think about games that will help the players, games that will help us win. We had a good time preparing for those things in Icheon.”
Along with pitcher Lee Jung-yong, the White Team’s starting lineup consisted of Hong Chang-ki (right fielder), Park Hae-min (center fielder), Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter), Austin Dean (first baseman), Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop), Moon Bo-kyung (third baseman), Park Dong-won (catcher), Moon Sung-joo (left fielder), and Jung Ju-hyun (second baseman).
On the other side, the Blue Team batted Shin Min-jae (designated hitter), Ahn Ik-hoon (center fielder), Kim Bum-seok (first baseman), Lee Jae-won (left fielder), Son Ho-young (shortstop), Song Chan-ui (third baseman), Seo Geon-chang (second baseman), Heo Do-hwan (catcher), and Kim Hyun-jong (right fielder). The starting pitcher was Kim Yun-sik.
Coincidentally, the starting matchup was a battle of pitchers looking to make four starts. Coach Yoon Kyung-yup Yeom was hoping for a good performance from both Lee Jung-yong and Kim Yoon-sik, especially Kim Yoon-sik.
“It’s much better for me and the team if (Kim) Yun-sik starts the fourth inning. Lee Jung-yong is very versatile and can be used at any time. If Kim Yun-sik doesn’t start, he can only use the overtime card.” “If Yun-sik comes up, we have one more middle card (Lee Jung-yong). I’m the one who really wants Yoon Shik to come up,” he explained.
Coach Yoon continued, “Lee Jung-yong can pitch long relief, complete games, and softball. Yoon Sik-yi is also difficult to play. If he can’t go up, it’s a trump card. Yoon Sik-yi should be the fourth starter,” and hoped for his performance.
Selected by LG with the third overall pick in the second round of the 2020 Korean Baseball Organization draft, Kim broke into the starting rotation last year and went 8-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 games (114.1 innings pitched).
However, he hasn’t been as good this season. His command of his pitches dropped, and as a result, he was frequently sent to the second team to rebuild throughout the season. This year, he is 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 17 appearances (74.2 innings). The manager sees restraint as the key to Kim’s rebound.
“I told him (Kim), ‘If you don’t average 143 kilometers per hour, you’ll be a mediocre pitcher. You have to be careful. I told him, ‘If you don’t have a fastball, you’re an ordinary pitcher.’ I told him, ‘If you don’t have a fastball, you’re going to get hit the more you go,’” Yoon said.
Meanwhile, Kim Hyun-jong, LG’s second-round pick in the 2024 rookie draft, was named to the Blue Team’s starting lineup as the No. 9 hitter and right fielder. “We wanted to see if he could make the roster (for next year’s camp),” Yeom said.