Lotte is producing stable results, such as rising to the top of the league this year, but it is not without worries. In particular, the two foreign players who were expected with a ‘three punch’ on the mound and the native ace Park Se-woong fell short of expectations.
It is still time for the bullpen to have strength, but if the three players do not rebound, it will be an increasingly difficult race. Must come alive in May. So the KIA match to be held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 4th seemed like a stage for Lotte to confirm something.
The player predicted to be selected for the day was Dan Strayley (35), the ‘hairy ace’. Strayley, who led the team mound with good performances in 2020 and 2021, finished his short American challenge and made a comeback to Lotte last year as a substitute foreign player. Last year, in 11 games, 4 wins, 2 losses and an average ERA of 2.31 were stable, and he easily reached the goal of renewing his contract. Maybe he was a player focused on 2023 rather than 2022크크크벳.
However, in his first 5 games of the season, he has no wins, 2 losses and an earned run average of 5.82. There is no quality start (less than 3 earned runs in 6 or more starting innings) yet. In recent years, the aspect of the bench actively intervening in Strayley’s game is also read. It could also mean that trust has fallen that much.
Lotte manager Larry Sutton believes that Stray Lee will rebound. “Strayley was a slow starter in America,” Sutton said. He emphasized that he is a player who comes up late, so he will show a better figure in the future. He also sees little signs that he’s getting better, he said. Manager Sutton wrapped up, saying, “When you look at training, he is a pitcher who seems to have a lot of positive elements. There is a problem that the training images do not come out as performance, but he is working hard to recover his good form.”
However, it seems that more time will be needed to confirm this result. This is because the start scheduled for the 4th was canceled due to ground conditions due to rain. On the 5th, Lotte announced Charlie Barnes as the starter for the resignation Samsung match.
Barnes was scheduled to start on the 5th and had already moved to Busan first. It is easier to prepare for the game on the 5th than Strayley, who warmed up right before the game on the 4th. There must have been a calculation that, rather than breaking Barnes’ starting routine, it would be better to roll Strayley back a bit. At the next appearance, attention will be paid to whether Sutton’s explanation is genuine. If it cannot show this in May, Lotte, which has to run for grades, has no choice but to review various cards.