First game tomorrow in IncheonNC, 12 RBIs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th batting lineup against Doosan… SSG ranked first in team home runs for the third consecutive time.
Both teams have weak mounds and home stadiums with many home runs… Expect a hot batting match

NC, whose lower-order batting lineup exploded, defeated Doosan and advanced to the semi-playoffs (PO). The opponent is SSG, the league’s No. 1 home run corps. On the 22nd, the first semi-playoff game of 3 wins out of 5 will be held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon. An exciting batting atmosphere is being created.먹튀검증

NC beat Doosan 14-9 in the first game of the wild card (WC) held at Changwon NC Park on the 19th. Three fielders in their 20s in the 6th, 7th, and 8th lower batting lineup led the team’s batting by running wild on the first fall stage of their lives.

Seo Ho-cheol (27) dominated the game with 3 hits and 6 RBIs, hitting a home run and a double in two chances with the bases loaded in the 4th and 7th innings. Catcher Kim Hyeong-jun (24) and shortstop Kim Joo-won (21), who won the Hangzhou Asian Games gold medal, recorded 2 hits (2 home runs) in 5 at-bats and 2 hits in 4 at-bats, respectively. The three of them hit 3 home runs, 7 hits, and 12 RBIs.

In the regular season, NC was concerned about its lower-ranking lineup. Batting productivity dropped significantly compared to the top batting lineup, which featured the league’s most sophisticated hitters such as Son Ah-seop, Park Min-woo, and Park Geon-woo. However, the situation changed with one wild card game. If Seo Ho-cheol and others continue their momentum in the semi-playoffs, NC’s lower-ranking lineup could become their biggest weapon in the postseason. The synergy effect with the top lineup is also doubled.

Above all, it is a showdown with SSG, the home run troupe. The SSG batting line, which ranked 3rd in the season and advanced to the semi-playoffs, hit 125 home runs in 144 games this year. This is a team that has not missed the top spot in home runs in the league for three seasons starting in 2021.

The center of SSG’s batting lineup is, of course, veterans. Choi Jeong (36), who ranked second with 29 home runs in the regular season, hit 6 home runs in 12 games against NC this season and recorded a batting average of 0.341 and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.226, reigning as ‘NC’s nightmare’ throughout the season. Choi Joo-hwan (35) and Han Yu-seom (34) are also hitters who can hit a home run at any time. This season, they recorded 3 home runs and 2 home runs respectively against NC.

On the pitching side, both teams have concerns. NC used six pitchers in the wild card game, from starter Tanner Turley to closer Lee Yong-chan, but except for right-handed bullpen Ryu Jin-wook, no one pitched impressively. It is not yet known how well Ace Eric Peddy, who was hit by a batted ball in his last appearance of the season, will recover and participate in the semi-playoffs.

The SSG mound is also not in the best condition. Foreign ace Kirk McCarty’s injury is prolonged. On September 23, while pitching against Lotte, he came off the mound due to internal oblique muscle pain, and finished the regular season like that. Another foreign pitcher, Roenis Elias, performed particularly poorly against NC this season. He made three starts, allowing 13 runs (12 earned) in 14.1 innings, posting an ERA of 7.53. He also hit three home runs.

NC and SSG must play up to 5 games between Incheon and Changwon. These are the two stadiums where home runs are common in the KBO League. This year, 141 home runs were hit in 73 games at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, and 110 home runs were hit in 71 games at Changwon NC Park. In terms of home runs per game, Incheon ranked first in the league with 1.93, and Changwon ranked third with 1.55. The conditions for a semi-playoff firepower showdown have been completed.

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