KT Wiz, who only won one win out of six games last week, is aiming for a reversal of the atmosphere with Wes Benjamin.
On the 15th, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) unveiled the starting pitchers for 10 clubs on the mound in the first game of the three-game series during the week to be held on the 16th. KT, which faces the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, announced Benjamin as the starter. LG challenges Kim Yun-sik to win the series for the first time.
Benjamin pitched in 7 games this season and had an average ERA of 5.65 with 3 wins and 3 losses in 36⅔ innings. But after that, he left an earned run in all six games. He also had two sluggish games with five or more earned runs.
Benjamin, who was recruited as a substitute foreign player for William Cuevas last year, quickly adapted to the KBO league and contributed greatly to the team’s ranking competition until the end of the season. In the wild card game against the KIA Tigers, he appeared as a relief pitcher and left a strong impression by striking out 3 in one inning.
Benjamin, who was like that, fell far short of expectations this year. Benjamin, who recorded an average ERA of 5.60 with 2 wins and 2 losses in 27⅓ innings in 5 games in April, seemed to be firing a signal of a rebound in early May. On the 2nd, against SSG Landers in Incheon, he posted his 3rd win of the season with 6 hits (1 home run), 6 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6 innings.
That flow didn’t last long. Benjamin showed a completely different appearance in his most recent appearance against the Suwon NC Dinos on the 9th. He was sluggish with 5 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 5 runs (3 earned) in 3⅓ innings. 체스카지노
This was the second time Benjamin gave 4 walks in one game after the match against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on August 23 last year. Most of all, it was painful to see Benjamin, who had been responsible for many innings silently as an ‘inning eater’, go down without even filling 4 innings.
Colleagues are also going through a difficult time. The mound, which was considered the team’s strength until last year, has become a concern this year. In particular, the starting lineup is at stake. So-Jun Sohn ended the season early with a ligament rupture in his right elbow, and Sang-Baek Eom suffered losses in his last two games.
Bae Seong-seong, who started against the Lotte Giants in Suwon on the 14th, also left regret with 7 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings. Another foreign pitcher, Bo Schulser, has not won a win in the last 4 games.
In the end, it is a situation where Benjamin has to take center stage in the starting lineup. This week, it is likely to appear twice a week in terms of rotation. Following the match against LG on the 16th, he should also take on the starting role in the match against Suwon Doosan on the 21st. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to faithfully fulfill the role of ‘Ace’.