The Lotte Giants, who failed to advance to the postseason for six consecutive years, will play the remaining four games of the regular season without foreign players.
Ahead of the away game against the KIA Tigers to be held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 12th, Lotte deleted infielder Nico Goodrum, pitchers Park Se-woong, Charlie Barnes, and Aaron Wilkerson from the first-team lineup and called up pitcher Choi Lee-jun.
Lotte, which lost 0-3 in the game against Jamsil LG Twins on the 10th and lost its travel number and was unable to advance to the fall baseball season, has 4 games left in the regular season, including the game against KIA on the 12th. Due to this entry change, Lotte will finish the remaining games without foreign players.토토사이트
Barnes, who is in his second year in the KBO League, was the only player with Lotte from start to finish this season. While Dan Straily (16 games, 3 wins, 5 losses, ERA 4.37) and Jack Rex (55 games, 0.246 batting average, 4 home runs, 30 RBIs, 0.683 OPS) were replaced due to poor performance, there was also speculation that Barnes would also be replaced due to his ups and downs. .
Barnes, who had fallen short of expectations in the first half with 5 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 4.57 in 16 games, successfully rebounded with 6 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 2.05 in 14 games in the second half, proving that Lotte’s choice was right. Barnes, who recorded 12 wins, 12 losses, and an ERA of 3.62 in 31 games last year, recorded double-digit wins for the second consecutive year with 11 wins, 10 losses, and an ERA of 3.28 in 30 games this year, raising the possibility of renewing his contract.
Goodrum and Wilkerson, who were brought in as substitutes mid-season, had mixed feelings. Goodrum appeared in 50 games and recorded a batting average of 0.295 (51 hits in 173 at-bats) with 28 RBIs and an OPS of 0.760. He improved his batting skills at the end of the season, and his batting average was not bad, but he did not hit a single home run. Goodrum, who was said to have strengths in defense as a utility player, recorded a whopping 13 errors, contributing to Lotte falling behind in the ranking race at the end of the season.
On the other hand, Wilkerson performed like a league ace, exceeding expectations. Wilkerson, who was not very impressive last year with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese professional baseball team, with 5 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 4.08 in 14 games, played the role of Lotte’s de facto ace in the second half of the year by recording 7 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.26 in 13 games in his first year in the KBO League. .
Meanwhile, Park Se-woong, who was eliminated along with three foreign players, unfortunately lost his record of 10 wins for three consecutive years. Park Se-woong, who returned after winning a gold medal with the national team at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, earned his 9th win of the season (7 losses, ERA 3.45) with 6 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 6 innings against the Doosan Bears on the 11th. With just one more win, it was possible to achieve 10 wins for the third consecutive year following 10 wins in 2021 and 2022, but the season ended without any more appearances.