On October 6 last year, when the regular season ranking competition was nearing its end, the leaderboards were somewhat outlined except for Kiwoom Heroes and KT Wiz, who were fighting for third place. The LG Twins, who finished second in the regular season behind SSG Landers, also began drawing plans for fall baseball rather than remaining games.
Prior to the postseason, while some key players had time to rest and reorganize, it was a golden opportunity for new players to show their presence. Pitcher Lee Ji-gang, who had only made three relief pitches in the first team after joining LG with the 85th overall ranking in the 2nd 9th round in 2019, also took the opportunity to make his first professional debut. The opponent was the KIA Tigers.
The process and results were beyond expectations. Lee Ji-gang recorded 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 1 run in 5 innings against KIA batters. It was a game that showed enough of its competitiveness. The next day, it was canceled from the first team entry, but it was a day that clearly imprinted the name Lee Ji-gang on the fans.
Six months had passed since then, and Lee Ji-gang was called up by the first team again. LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop canceled Kang Hyo-jong, who had been in the 5th starter role at the beginning of the season, from the first-team entry, and called up Lee Ji-gang in his place.
Lee Ji-gang, who started in the first game after registration, pitched well against the Changwon NC Dinos on the 2nd with 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings. Ten days later, on the 12th, against Daegu Samsung Lions, he was defeated, but struggled with 6 hits (1 home run), 3 walks, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings. It was 5 innings in 2 consecutive games.
Manager Yeom looked at Lee Ji-gang’s pitching positively. Ahead of the match against Samsung on the 13th, he said, “I hit a home run (to Jose Pirella), but it wasn’t bad except for one home run,” and “I should have raised the curve ratio in the beginning, but the slider ratio was high. I don’t think there will be any problems getting on the mound.”
In particular, out of 69 pitches Lee Ji-gang threw in the NC game on the 2nd, 43 were strikes, and the ratio of strikes to balls was close to 2:1메이저사이트. In the game against Samsung on the 12th, where he threw 86 pitches, he scored 51 strikes, showing an aggressive attitude to play against batters without running away.
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I like that aggressive style. I especially like it.” I predicted.
In addition to Casey Kelly-Adam Plutko, the ‘foreigner one-two punch’, Kim Yun-sik and Lim Chan-gyu also achieved a Quality Start (QS) in the match against Kiwoom Heroes in Jamsil on the 10th and 11th, respectively, and made the command tower smile. If Lee Ji-gang shows off his strengths and presents a stable pitch, LG’s starting lineup is expected to become more solid.