Hanwha, which is struggling with the 4th and 5th starters, will take out two new cards. Lee Tae-yang (33) and rookie Kim Seo-hyun (19), who were put into all-weather positions in the bullpen, will enter the 4th to 5th starting positions.
Hanwha manager Choi 꽁머니사이트 Won-ho said in an interview ahead of the match against Doosan in Daejeon on the 12th that Lee Tae-yang and Kim Seo-hyun will start against NC in Changwon on the 16th and 17th, respectively. The two pitchers, who appeared as reliefs side by side the previous day, will take four and five days off and take the mound as starting pitchers, respectively. Lee Tae-yang has 102 career games (24 wins, 37 losses, 5.26 ERA) as a starter. Kim Seo-hyun has no starting lineup in the first division, but he recorded two wins, one loss and a 4.37 ERA in six starts in the second division Futures League.
Since June, Hanwha has suffered from instability in starting 4-5 players. Han Seung-hyuk had seven chances to start, but struggled with two losses and a 7.06 ERA. In the match against Doosan on the 11th, it was decided to cancel the first division entry on the 12th as he was substituted early with five hits (one home run), two walks, and five runs (four earned runs) in two innings. As Jang Min-jae also went down to the second division after two games after returning to the first division, Hanwha had two seats left in the starting lineup.
Coach Choi Won-ho made a change by selecting Lee Tae-yang and Kim Seo-hyun as starting pitchers 4-5 after much consideration. Coach Choi said, “When I saw Han Seung-hyuk yesterday, I thought I should replace the starter. I thought about three innings by raising Lee Tae-yang (three times) to start in the position. “The Futures team said that the starting pitchers were not in good condition enough to be recommended with confidence by the coaches, so we decided to start Lee Tae-yang,” he said.
However, when Lee Tae-yang allowed two more runs in the third inning, he got off early and put Kim Seo-hyun in from the fourth inning. Kim Seo-hyun also expected to play three to four innings with 70 to 80 pitches, but his control was shaken sharply with eight walks alone. He was replaced by 81 pitches with 3 hits, 6 walks, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 2⅔ innings.
Coach Choi said, “I tried to lead Kim Seo-hyun as much as possible in a comfortable situation. Since it was Friday’s game, I had to think about running out of the bullpen, and I had to see him throw long as a starter. “As the number of pitches increased more than I thought, I replaced them early,” he said adding, “It is true that he showed bad content compared to what he received from Futures and his record.” Still, we need to give him a proper (starting) chance. “I also told Kim Seo-hyun to prepare well so that the same thing does not repeat in the next appearance,” he said.
Regarding Kim Seo-hyun’s poor control of the ball, head coach Choi said, “Young players have difficulty controlling themselves when they don’t go their way.” Even yesterday, when it was bad, I had to run it with a concept quickly, but that part is still lacking. As I tried to throw only hard, my body was stretched and my balance was broken. Throwing hard is not a good thing. Moon Dong-joo also had that look when he was in a bad situation. Kim Seo-hyun also ordered, “You have to learn by steadily experiencing the game.”
Regarding Han Seung-hyuk, who went down to the second division on the day, head coach Choi said, “I was in the starting lineup for two months, but it would have been difficult to properly show what I prepared as I was canceled and pushed back due to rain in the process of raising the number of pitches. It’s a little unfortunate, but it can’t be helped. “There was a big deviation between strikes and balls, and I had a hard time controlling breaking balls,” he said adding, “First of all, I will go down to Futures and have a meeting with the coaching staff to hear what I think.” “We will maintain what Futures coaches have seen and thought while coordinating,” he said.
Hanwha registered Kang Jae-min, a bullpen must-win group, as an entry in the absence of Han Seung-hyuk. He returned to the first division as soon as he met the 10-day re-registration deadline. Coach Choi said of Kang Jae-min, “There was no problem with the ball. I had to take a mental break, but I think I came back at a good time. “I will use it after seeing the situation,” he said.