‘Return from injury’ Benjamin vs. ‘Junior PO scoreless’ Shin Min-hyuk… PO 2nd round selection match
Wes Benjamin (kt wiz) and Shin Min-hyuk (NC Dinos) will face off as starters in the second game of the 2023 professional baseball KBO playoffs (PO).
KT and NC announced Benjamin and Shin Min-hyuk as starting pitchers for the second PO game to be held at Suwon KT Wiz Park at 6:30 pm on the 31st.메이저놀이터
In the first PO game on the 30th, NC won 9-5 with starter Eric Peddie’s powerful pitching, 6 innings, 1 run, 12 strikeouts, and a batting lineup.
Benjamin, who recorded 15 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 3.54 in this year’s regular season, will pitch in practice 25 days after suffering an injury at the end of the season.
In the game against the Samsung Lions on the 6th, when Benjamin pitched for the first time in two weeks due to fatigue issues, Benjamin threw only 20 balls and was forced off early due to left arm pain. Afterwards, he focused on recovery and raised his physical condition to 100%, and pitched three scoreless innings in the team’s self-evaluation game on the 26th.
However, they were relatively weak against NC this season with 1 win, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 5.65 in 3 games. The average ERA was the highest when facing NC compared to the other eight teams, and the hitting percentage (0.279) was the fourth highest.
Jason Martin swung a hard hit with 3 hits in 7 at-bats and 1 RBI, and top batting lineups such as Park Geon-woo (3 hits in 8 at-bats, 2 RBIs), Park Min-woo (3 hits in 9 at-bats, 2 RBIs), and Son Ah-seop (3 hits in 9 at-bats) also targeted Benjamin. .
The NC starter is Shin Min-hyuk, who is making his second postseason appearance this year. Shin Min-hyuk recorded 5 wins, 5 losses, and an average ERA of 4.02 in 24 games as a starter this season. As a relief pitcher, he had an ERA of 3.60 in 5 games and 10 innings.
Although he is behind Benjamin in terms of numbers, he is full of confidence. Shin Min-hyuk supported the team’s victory with a pitching pitch of 5⅔ innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and no runs in the first game of the semi-playoffs, his fall baseball debut, on the 22nd.
The compatibility with KT is not bad either. Against KT this season, Shin Min-hyuk achieved an average ERA of 3.70 with 2 wins and 2 losses in 5 games. His hitting percentage was 0.266.
However, Jang Seong-woo (3 hits in 4 at-bats) and Kim Min-hyuk (4 hits in 11 at-bats, 1 home run, 4 RBIs) showed a strong performance against Shin Min-hyuk. Moon Sang-cheol (2 hits in 6 at-bats, 1 home run, 4 RBIs) and Park Kyung-soo (2 hits in 6 at-bats) also targeted Shin Min-hyuk well.