Choi Won-tae series without Choi Won-tae (LG) will be held. It has been exactly three days since the trade.
LG and Kiwoom will play three consecutive games on weekdays at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul from the 1st of next month. It is the so-called “Choi Won-tae Series without Choi Won-tae.” LG recently sought to trade Choi Won-tae to Kiwoom at a workshop for the general manager in the U.S. It was finalized on the night of the 28th.
LG needed a reliable native starting pitcher to win the Korean Series. Choi Won-tae is the best card that LG can recruit. Kiwoom asked LG for a key hitter in the first place. However, after negotiations, they decided to accept three promising players (Lee Joo-hyung, Kim Dong-kyu, and the first round of the 2024 rookie draft).
For Kiwoom, it’s a good deal even if it’s not done it. As such, Kiwoom accepted LG’s request prospectively. Kiwoom’s general manager Ko Hyung-wook also explained that it would not have happened if it were not for Lee Jung-hoo’s season out. Perhaps that’s why LG seems to have been considerate of Kiwoom after the trade.
On the 29th, when the trade was concluded, Choi Won-tae was scheduled to start at Kiwoom (Gocheok Samsung match). However, his start was canceled due to a trade. However, LG also selected promising pitcher Lee Ji-gang as the starting pitcher against Doosan Bears in Jamsil. In fact, he could have used Choi Won-tae right away. However, it seems to be against the will to use a pitcher whose starting pitcher was canceled on the same day in his team just before the trade.
LG’s small consideration is also revealed in Choi Won-tae’s use against Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 30th. It was Adam Plutko’s turn, but Choi 꽁머니사이트 Won-tae could not take the mound due to a cold. However, LG may use a pitcher other than Choi Won-tae and present Choi Won-tae in a three-game series against Kiwoom, which will start on the 1st of next month. This means that he can cook Kiwoom’s batting lineup right after his debut.
However, director Yeom Kyung-yeop seems to think that even he is against the spirit of partnership. On the contrary, it should be considered that he had the possibility of being beaten by Kiwoom hitters who know Choi Won-tae well. Choi Won-tae would have wanted to make his best debut. In fact, Choi Won-tae won seven wins (4 losses) of the season with two hits, five strikeouts and no runs in six innings against Doosan on the 30th. As this happens, he is expected to skip three consecutive games during the week against his former Kiwoom and play against Daegu Samsung on the 5th of next month.
In the future, if Choi Won-tae’s rotation order naturally fits the match against Kiwoom, a picture of him being “sniped by his family” or being severely beaten by his parents may take place. In any case, LG succeeded in considering Kiwoom by bringing out the best results in Choi Won-tae’s debut match.
On the other hand, Kiwoom’s promising player Lee Ju-hyung is expected to knock on the shooting of his former home right away. General manager Ko Hyung-wook said, “Dong-kyu is a good pitcher, but I think it will take some time.” It is unlikely that he will be registered in the first division for the time being. However, Lee Ju-hyung was appointed as the seventh left fielder and the sixth center fielder in the Gocheok Samsung match from the 29th to the 30th.
Lee Jung-hoo is out for the season, and only Lee Hyung-jong and foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson are the main players in the outfield. For Kiwoom, who has not given up the season, it is right to actively use Lee Ju-hyung. He has been sentenced to Lee Ju-hyung for the purpose of reinforcing the batting lineup. He was also a key prospect in LG, and Kiwoom also highly appreciates Lee Ju-hyung’s future and shilling.
Lee Joo-hyung went 2-for-8 with one RBI and one run in two times in two games. It combines contact, long-hitting power, and high-quality main power. There is also an advantage that both internal and outfield defense are possible. In Kiwoom, he will be used as an outfielder. The best scenario that Kiwoom wants is for Lee Joo-hyung to target the LG mound or lead Kiwoom to victory in this three consecutive games.