This is what Im Chan-kyu (30-LG Twins) said about manager Yoon Kyung-yeop (55) at the KBO Korean Series media day on June 6.
One statistic that has symbolized LG Baseball this season is leading the league in stolen bases.
With 166 team steals, more than 30 more than the second-place Doosan Bears (133), LG was the most aggressive stealing team in the league.
Once runners were on base, LG’s relentless pursuit of the base made it impossible for opposing batters to focus on facing the batter.
In fact, Yeom declared that he would refrain from stealing bases in the Korean Series.
He said, “The regular season and postseason are different. If I stole bases in the regular season, I’ll have to be more cautious in the Korean Series. We’re going to play to increase our chances of success.”
This is an early reveal of a hand that could rattle opponents during the game.
This could be interpreted as LG not wanting to take any chances since they have an advantage in both power and stamina compared to k wiz.
On the other hand, it could also be a ploy to catch KT’s battery off guard and then try to steal the game.
Others interpret it as a “bluff” by Yeom, who is a “tactician” who operates with all possible outcomes in mind.
The effectiveness of LG’s aggressive stealing has been debated throughout the season, both for and against.
Steals are two sides of the same coin, with a successful steal greatly increasing a team’s chances of scoring, but a failed steal can also lead to cold water.
The shadow of aggressive baserunning has also been cast on LG this season, as the team has failed to steal 101 bases (the most in the league), been caught stealing 78 times (the most in the league), and been thrown out 15 times (the most in the league).
Teams that score first in Game 1 of the Korean Series have a 70% chance of winning Game 1 at 28 out of 40, while teams that score first in Game 1 have a 67.5% chance of winning at 27 out of 40.
It’s important to score first in Game 1 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 7.
For LG, the best-case scenario is that their designated hitter, Hong Chang-ki, gets on base, steals second base, and the batsmen in the lineup get on base.
The KT battery is on high alert.
KT catcher Jang Sung-woo had a 14.6 percent stolen base rate in the regular season this year, the lowest among catchers with more than 100 games played.
Wary of LG’s “running baseball,” KT manager Lee Kang-cheol predicted, “Jang Jang-woo’s ability to steal bases in the Korean Series will be completely different from the regular season.
Infielder Shin Min-jae, who has 37 stolen bases this season, said ahead of Game 1, “I’m preparing to play unconditionally. I have to be ready so that when I come out, I can go straight to it (stealing). I think I’ll be ready unconditionally,” he said.
Shin, who is second in the league in stolen bases, predicted that the cold weather will be a factor.
“There is only one way to move more. I think I’ll be fine if I prepare with my body,” he said. 스포츠토토사이트