Is there no reversal in the end?
The leaderboard is gradually progressing as expected. After the chaos at the beginning of the season, things are slowly getting settled. And expected strong teams are in the top ranks, and low-ranking expected teams are in the bottom ranks.
As of the 21st, the first place is the LG Twins. On the 20th, LG, 먹튀검증 who took first place alone after beating the NC Dinos, who were tied for first place, won 4-2 against the Hanwha Eagles on the 21st, and seems to be securing the first place. Finisher Go Woo-seok was injured and it was difficult to operate the bullpen, but with Ko Woo-seok’s return, he is looking for stability. On the 22nd, Hanwha Systems made his first save after Go Woo-seok came out in the 8th inning to prevent a crisis. It was a game where it was clear that there was a difference between LG with Go Woo-seok and LG without it. On the 22nd, Oh Ji-hwan, who was sidelined due to a side injury, will return, and Geopo Lee Jae-won is also preparing to return next week.
As LG won, Hanwha came down the bottom stairs again. Until the 20th, it was 9th, ahead of the KIA Tigers by half a game, but on the 21st, it lost to LG, and KIA rose to 9th when Choi Hyung-woo’s dramatic comeback home run beat the Samsung Lions.
Looking at the rankings as of the 21st, LG is in first place with 12 wins and 6 losses (0.667 win rate), and defending champion SSG Landers is in second place with 10 wins and 6 losses, one game difference. Doosan Bears are in 3rd place with 10 wins and 7 losses, NC Dinos are in 4th place with 10 wins and 8 losses, KT Wiz are in 5th place with 7 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses, and Lotte Giants are tied for 5th place with 8 wins and 8 losses with a win rate of 50%.
Last year’s runner-up Kiwoom Heroes ranked 7th with 8 wins and 9 losses, Samsung Lions ranked 8th with 7 wins and 10 losses, KIA ranked 9th with 5 wins and 10 losses, and Hanwha ranked 10th with 5 wins and 11 losses.
Sports Chosun conducted a survey of 50 key figures including general managers, coaches, and players from 10 teams ahead of the opening. At that time, LG received the most votes as the winning candidate with 29 votes, and Hanwha as the last candidate with 33 votes. .
The current ranking is not exactly what baseball players expected. Among LG, Kiwoom, KT, SSG, and KIA, which were selected as candidates for the final 5 at the time, Kiwoom ranked 7th and KIA ranked 9th. Doosan and NC, which were expected to be in the lower ranks, stand out.
Each team has injured players and sluggish foreign players, so the scenario often goes differently than expected. It seems that which team can quickly get the early off-beat back to normal will determine who will lead the ranking fight.