In line with the opening of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ on April 1, Sports Dong-A is Ji-Hyun Ryu, Yong-Taek Park, Na Ji-Wan (KBSN Sports), Min-Chul Jeong, Jae-Hong Park, Seon-Woo Kim (MBC Sports+), Soon-Cheol Lee, Jong-Yeol Lee (SBS Sports), I looked at the new season with 10 commentators including Yang Sang-moon and Oh Jae-won (above SPOTV).
As a result, the prevailing view was that the LG Twins, who finished second in the regular season last year, would win the Korean Series (KS). There was a loud voice that LG’s opponents would be KT Wiz and SSG Landers, who won the combined championship in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, respectively. Eight teams were mentioned as candidates for the quarterfinals. This means that it is difficult to predict. A commentator who confidently predicted the coming season for years also said, “This year, I have to give a revenge answer. It’s that hard,” he said, sticking out his tongue.
● LG, which received 7 votes, finally fulfills its long-cherished wish?
LG had no relationship with the summit until last year after winning the regular season-KS integrated championship in 1994. Among the 10 clubs, it is the team that has not experienced a championship for the longest period after the Lotte Giants. That’s how great the sincerity is. It is regrettable that Yoo Kang-nam (Lotte) and Chae Eun-seong (Hanwha Eagles) transfer to free agents (FA), but this year too, the starting lineup with Casey Kelly and Adam Plutko at the fore is very strong, and the recruitment of Park Dong-won and the growth of key players such as Moon Bo-kyung and Moon Seong-joo will make it difficult to fight. It is evaluated that the balance of others is outstanding. When asked about the winner, he received 7 votes, the most. Commissioner Yang Sang-moon said, “With the current power, LG seems to be closest to winning. It is not easy to have that kind of power,” he said. “The pitching power is top-notch, and the offense is excellent.”
KT · SSG, candidates for the championship again this year
It is evaluated that KT and SSG also have the power to challenge for the championship. The strength of KT, who received the most votes after LG, is its strong starting lineup. Commissioner Park Yong-taek said, “The starting team is really strong. He said, “KT is virtually the only team that can prepare for the 6th start.” SSG can be a strong opponent as it prepared for the new season without a major power leak. Commissioner Kim Seon-woo pointed out, “Even if it is difficult for SSG to have an overwhelming season like last year, the basic power is good, and the normal start of Moon Seung-won and Park Jong-hoon is a great strength.”
Commissioner Oh Jae-won, who paid attention to Lotte, said, “Lotte made a lot of investment this year. It seems that the calculations have been completed in terms of sabermetrics, but I am curious about the accuracy of the process.” 안전놀이터
The top 5 is the aspect of the Great Marriage War
Experts pointed out five teams, including LG, KT, SSG, KIA Tigers, and Kiwoom Heroes, as potential candidates for the quarterfinals. Commissioner Park Yong-taek said, “KIA has a lot of depth in domestic pitching staff,” and Commissioner Lee Jong-yeol analyzed, “Kiwoom should pay attention to the fact that certain aces of pitching and hitting, such as An Woo-jin and Lee Jeong-hu, lead the team.”
Doosan Bears, Lotte, and NC Dinos were also mentioned as candidates for the quarterfinals. However, there was no expert who classified Samsung Lions and Hanwha as the top 5. Commissioner Ryu Ji-hyun said, “Doosan cannot ignore Yang Eui-ji’s presence,” and Commissioner Lee Soon-cheol said, “Doosan had a large foreign pitcher variable last year. It is a team with a lot of experience and a solid defense, so it will be competitive.”