Lotte ‘strong’ with recent 5-1 record against KIA

…matchup without Jeong Jung-young-Son Ho-young more ‘exciting’

The Kia Tigers and Lotte Giants are set to play a three-game midweek series in Busan, and it’ll be interesting to see how the absence of key players from both teams’ starting lineups will affect them.

All eyes will be on top-ranked KIA, who have struggled whenever they face bottom-ranked Lotte. Coincidentally, both teams have played well against each other this season.

KIA will be without closer Jung Jung-young, while Lotte will be without their top hitter Son Ho-young, who emerged as a key player after being traded early in the season.

First, Jung will end the first half a little early due to rotator cuff inflammation in her shoulder. On April 24, Kia announced, “Jung Jung-young underwent an additional medical examination today and was diagnosed with right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation, so we have removed her from the first team roster to protect her. She will return in the second half of the season.”

As a result, Jung will miss the three-game midweek series against Lotte, as well as the three-game weekend home series against Kiwoom at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on Nov. 28-30 and the final three-game series of the first half against Samsung in Daegu on Nov. 2-4.

Jeong felt discomfort in his shoulder while pitching in the first game of the doubleheader against the Hanwha Eagles at Kia Champions Field on July 23. He underwent an initial examination on July 23 and an additional examination on July 24 before deciding to miss the rest of the first half. Considering that the second half of the schedule begins on July 9 after the All-Star Game, Jung will be able to rest for about a month.

Jung was selected to the 2024 KBO All-Star Game as the top vote-getter in the fan vote, but his participation in the All-Star Game on July 6 at Incheon’s Munhak Stadium will depend on his recovery.

Jung has appeared in 32 games, posting a 2-2 record with 21 saves and a 2.25 ERA. He is second only to Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions), who has 23 saves.

While Kia exposed its Achilles’ heel in the 카지노 absence of Fireman, Lotte lost infielder Son Ho-young, who was on a hitting streak, to the first team roster to recover.

Son had been on a tear until the day before his expungement. On March 23, he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs, two walks, and two runs scored in an away game against the Kiwoom Heroes, helping the team win their second straight game and the series.

However, Son was limited to batting instead of fielding due to a sore hamstring in the back of his thigh. Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung revealed plans to have Son Ho-young examined before the 23rd game against Kiwoom, so it will be interesting to see what he has to say at home against KIA on the 25th.

Son switched teams from the LG Twins to Lotte in a trade that took place shortly after the opening day. Since then, he’s been on fire, hitting safely in 30 consecutive games before going hitless in a game against Gochuk Kiwoom on April 21. In 48 games, he is batting .324 (57-for-176) with eight home runs, 37 RBIs, six doubles and an OPS of .913.

Kia and Lotte have met eight times this season, with the last two three-game series being the most notable. Kia took the lead in May and rode a steep upswing, but couldn’t keep up with Lotte.

Lotte swept the three-game series during the resignation week on May 21-23, when Kia was in first place and Lotte was in last place. The reality of the KBO, where the last-place team sweeps the first-place team, was entertaining for baseball fans.

Lotte’s dominance over KIA didn’t end with the series, however, as the team also took two out of three from April 4-6 in a midweek series. Kia lost the first game 0-6 and the second game 3-9, each by six runs. They then fell behind 3-4 in the final game of the series before narrowly pulling out a come-from-behind victory in the eighth inning on a solo shot by Kim Do-young, a double by Na Sung-beom, and a walk-off RBI single by Kim Sun-bin.

Jeong has two saves against Lotte in the head-to-head matchup this year.

Son went 4-for-11 (.363 batting average) with two home runs and four RBIs in the most recent three-game series from April 4-6. Both did well against Lotte and KIA. I wonder which team will feel their absence.

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