“The key to making up for our lack of experience is eagerness.”
The LG Twins are in training camp after winning their first regular season title in 29 years and going on to win the Korean Series.
A pre-season favorite, LG jumped to the top of the standings midway through the season and then dominated the competition to win the regular season title. Unsurprisingly, many experts have LG as the favorite to win the Korean Series.
But there’s also an element of unease. LG has consistently made the postseason since 2019, but hasn’t fared well. In 2021, they qualified for the semifinals in third place but lost to the fourth-place Doosan Bears, and last year, they qualified for the playoffs in second place but lost three straight games to the third-place Kiwoom Heroes, who came up through the semifinals, to miss the Korean Series. Weak in the big game
The team hasn’t played in the Korean Series in 21 years, since 2002, so they have little experience in big games. Only Kim Jin-sung, Ham Deok-joo, and Choi Won-tae are pitchers and Kim Hyun-soo, Park Hae-min, and Park Dong-won are batters. “The Korean Series is different from the semi-playoffs and playoffs. The fatigue level is much higher.”
In a big game, the starting lineup is crucial, and LG will have to do it without a single foreign ace. Adam Plutko, who won 11 games in the first half, missed the second half with a left pelvic bone contusion and was ultimately ruled out of the Korean Series, leaving LG with a four-man starting rotation of three Korean pitchers in Casey Kelly, Choi Won-tae, Chan Kyu Lim and Lee Jung-yong (or Kim Yun-sik).굿모닝토토 도메인
Kim Hyun-soo bats in the first inning of the home opener. Photo courtesy of LG Twins
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop, who has been holding training camp at LG Champions Park in Icheon, was quite confident. “Our players are working very hard to prepare for this year’s Korean Series,” he said, adding, “The seniors, including Kim Hyun-soo, Oh Ji-hwan, Im Chan-kyu, Kim Jin-sung, and Park Hae-min, are leading the way and taking their training very seriously.”
“Our team’s keyword for the Korean Series is ‘eagerness,'” said Yeom. “Not many of our players have experienced the Korean Series before. There are some people who are concerned about our lack of experience, but I think we can make up for it with our eagerness.” “I think this eagerness will be a big advantage in the Korean Series,” said Yeom.
“I think this eagerness will be a big advantage in the Korean Series,” he said. The confidence that comes from such training will be a big advantage in the Korean Series, Yeom believes.
“Desperation will create confidence,” he said. “Hesitation and hesitation are the worst. In the postseason, you have to be aggressive. I will keep it simple first.”