167 SSG Choo Shin-soo excluded from Game 1 start because he’s “too weak against Shin Min-hyuk”
SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo has been removed from the starting lineup for the first round of the semi-playoffs (hereinafter referred to as Semi-PO1).
SSG head coach Kim Won-hyung named Oh Tae-gon (first base), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Choi Jung (third base), Eredia (left field), Han Yu-seom (designated hitter), Ha Jae-hoon (right field), Choi Ji-hoon (center field), Kim Sung-hyun (second base), and Kim Min-shik (catcher) to the starting lineup for Game 1 against NC at Landers Field in Incheon on April 22. The starting pitcher is Elias.
Veteran Choo Shin-soo was left out of the starting lineup. This was due to his matchup against NC’s announced starter Shin Min-hyuk. Choo has struggled in his career against Shin, going 2-for-22 with two home runs and a 9.1 OPS. He has hit one home run against Shin this season, but has gone hitless in his other five at-bats.
After winning the KBO’s first “wire-to-wire” title last year, leading the league from the opening game of the regular season to the final game of the Korean Series, SSG finished third in the pennant race this season with a 76-3 record in 144 games. They battled with the Doosan Bears and NC until the end of the season, but the veteran performance helped them extend their winning streak and move into third place.
They’re headed straight to the Semi-Finals, but they have an uphill battle ahead of them. Their opponent is NC, who are 8-8 in the pennant race this season. In particular, NC fought hard against Doosan in the Wild Card Decider, 카지노사이트넷 but the team won by a whopping 14 runs thanks to the power of their bats, and is full of morale after reaching the Semi-Pros. The key will be to see how SSG can capitalize on NC’s momentum.
Elias has made three appearances in the NCs this season, going 1-0. However, his ERA was 7.53 and his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 3.2-2.2. How long Elias can keep the red-hot NC bats at bay and whether the offense can support him will determine the outcome.