Samsung’s winning streak? I hope I keep winning and fall when playing with NC”
NC Dinos coach Kang In-kwon told a joke full of sincerity toward the Samsung Lions, who are clashing in the opening game of the regular season.
Prior to the 2023 KBO exhibition game against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 27th, Kang said, “We are also preparing well for the opening game in our own way.” When we win a lot and play against us, I hope (the pace) drops a little,” he said with a laugh.
NC will play two consecutive matches against Samsung at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on April 1-2, the opening of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season. After former head coach Lee Dong-wook was sacked in May of last year, Kang spent the rest of the season as an acting coach, and is about to debut as the official command tower this year.
It is only 2 games out of 144 games, but Samsung, the opponent of the opening game, is on the rise in the demonstration game. Samsung is racing to win 8 consecutive victories in exhibition games until the Doosan Bears match on the 26th. They are riding a tailwind with 10 wins and 2 losses in 12 matches.
Coach Kang laughed, saying, “I hope Samsung will slow down a little when they meet us,” and then showed confidence toward foreign pitcher Eric Peddy, who was appointed as the starter for the opening game, saying, “I have no doubts about his ability.”
Peddie is showing off his good condition with an average ERA of 0.71, allowing 1 run in 12⅔ innings in three appearances in demonstration games. On the 25th, against the KIA Tigers, he finished the final rehearsal with a perfect pitch with 1 hit, 6 strikeouts, and no runs in 5⅔ innings.
Director Kang has also finished the NC’s opening entry concept to some extent. In the case of the batting order, the top batting line was drawn as a rough sketch of Park Min-woo, Park Se-hyuk, Park Gun-woo, Martin, and Son Ah-seop, and the mound operation was also outlined.
The starting rotation consisted of Eric Peddy, Taylor Widener, Koo Chang-mo, Song Myeong-ki, and Shin Min-hyeok. It seems that the performance of the first month of the season will depend on how Song Myung-ki and Shin Min-hyuk show at the beginning of the season.
Coach Kang explained,토토사이트 “I’m very worried about a spot in the bullpen for the opening entry.”
He also added, “The outfielders have almost been decided. Han Seok-hyun and Kim Seong-wook are also likely to be in the opening roster. The starting lineup has more variables depending on the situation.”