WBC ‘order over players’… Lee Kang-chul’s ‘success game’

The reason why the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team led by coach Lee Kang-cheol (pictured) focuses on the first round against Australia is because of the calculation to secure at least second place in Group B to advance to the quarterfinals. The national team is drawn in Group B with Japan, Australia, China, and the Czech Republic. If they enter Group B, the top two teams in Group A, which include Taiwan, Cuba, the Netherlands, Panama, and Italy, will compete in a cross tournament in the quarterfinals.

The match that must be won for an accident-free race is the match against Australia, but the decisive match to confirm the power of the national team is the match against Japan. The national team gained confidence by fighting on an equal footing with Japan in the 2006 WBC, which reached the semifinals, and the 2009 WBC, which finished as runner-up.

Korea will first meet Australia on March 9 in the first round held at Tokyo Dome, Japan, and then face Japan on March 10. The strategy that the national team can bring out in the game against Japan in this tournament is, of course, a meticulous fight.

The Japanese national team is preparing for this tournament with a 4-selection system. The face of the starting pitcher is gorgeous. Yu Darvish, who won 16 wins in the Major League Baseball in San Diego last year, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix), who won 33 wins over the past two years as the best pitcher in Japanese professional baseball, and Rocky Sasaki (Chiba Lotte), who achieved the youngest perfect game in Japanese professional baseball last year, etc. hold out Here, there are various cards that can be attached as the 4th starter. Japan national team coach Hiteki Kuriyama expressed his intention to subdivide the positions of pitchers such as long relief and setup man to support the starting lineup through local media.

On the other hand, Lee Kang-chul, coach of the Korean national team, declared, “I will use pitchers regardless of position.” The national team includes veteran starters such as Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG) and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA), and young starters such as Koo Chang-mo (NC), Kwak Bin (Doosan), Sohn Joon (KT), Park Se-woong (Lotte), and Won Tae-in (Samsung). However, the WBC has a limit on the number of pitches each pitcher can throw for each round, such as a limit of 65 pitches per round. As there are forced rest days depending on the number of pitches, it is important to find the most efficient combination by subdividing the roles of the pitchers. 스포츠토토

In his team, KT, coach Lee played baseball that led the starting team throughout the regular season. He made full use of the competitiveness of the prominent starting lineup. However, in the postseason, which lasted until the semi-playoffs in November last year, he did not obsess over the order of the existing bullpen, but selected the best card for each situation and used ever-changing pitchers. For example, Kim Min-soo, the right-handed setup man who had the best ball last fall, was introduced early in the 6th inning of the first game of the wild card match against KIA, showing quickness to win.

Looking back, Korea’s success in the WBC was also a success in the fighting game. For example, when Korea won 3-2 in their first meeting with Japan in the 2006 WBC round 1, Korea left starter Kim Seon-woo only 3.1 innings, followed by Bong Joong-geun (2 innings), Bae Young-soo (0.2 innings), Koo Dae-seong (2 innings), and Park Chan-ho (2 innings). 1 inning) and blocked the Japanese batting line with a follow-up throw. At the time, Japan started with submarine pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe and gave him a relatively long 4.1 innings.