“There is not enough pursuit”… The current state of Doosan’s bullpen

The Doosan Bears bullpen continues to shake. There is no winning team, but the pursuit team is also lacking. It is not strange to describe it as ‘scorched earth’.

Doosan lost 3-10 in the home game against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the afternoon of the 4th. With this, Doosan fell into a two-game losing streak and recorded 13 wins, 1 draw and 13 losses. At the center of the defeat is the collapsed bullpen.

On the 4th, Doosan, Gyeonggi-do, faced a crisis with 1st and 2nd base safely in the beginning of the 5th inning, behind 2-3. Coach Lee Seung-yeop appointed right-handed bullpen Kim Yu-seong as a chase team to win by one point in the middle of the game. However, Kim Yu-seong was completely destroyed with 5 runs, 3 hits (2 home runs) and 5 runs in 1 inning, including a grand home run by Chae Eun-seong. Doosan, which lost the power to pursue, suffered a helpless defeat.

The previous match had a similar trend. Against Hanwha on the 3rd, he lost the victory by giving up 8 points in the beginning of the 7th inning with a 1-0 lead. It took six reliever pitchers to get three outs.

In addition to the sluggishness of the pursuit team, the situation of the Pilseung group is also not good. Only right-hander Jeong Cheol-won, right-hander sidearm bullpen Park Chi-guk, and right-hander closer Hong Kun-hee are doing their part. In particular, Jeong Cheol-won is recording an average ERA of 2.65 (5 ERA in 17 innings) with 3 wins, 1 loss and 5 holds. However, Doosan, which lacked Pil Seung-jo, could not give Jeong Cheol-won enough rest. The 17 innings played by Jeong Cheol-won is the second-best innings for a bullpen pitcher in the KBO League until the game on the 5th. Indiscriminate pitching naturally leads to a decline in Jeong Cheol-won’s pitch. 메이저놀이터

On the 27th of last month, against the Samsung Lions, Cheol-won Jeong, who took the mound in a situation where he was leading 6-3, was hit with a come-from-behind home run by Jae-il Oh and allowed the Samsung to turn 6-7. On this day, Jeong Cheol-won recorded an average speed of 144.3 km per hour with his fastball, which was his lowest average velocity this season.

As such, Doosan’s bullpen pitcher, who comes out in a tight situation by 1 to 3 points, collapses and loses, repeating the pattern. The Pilseungjoo is overloaded, and the pursuit team is also consistently unable to play its role.

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