07 May

The Scary Samsung Won All 13 Games in Which it Scored First... I Forgot About the Upset Defeat

Bullpen ERA went from last last year to second this year... The team's color changed in just one year, and the determination to catch FAs Lim Chang-min, Kim Jae-yoon, and Oh Seung-hwan was reflected in the team's performance.

Professional baseball's Samsung Lions have never lost a game in which they scored first this season.

Samsung won all 12 games in which it scored first until April, and in a visiting game against the Doosan Bears held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 1st, it came back to win 9-2, setting an 'undefeated record when scoring first' in 13 games. increased to
Samsung is the only team in the KBO League this season that has never lost a game in which it scored first.

As can be inferred from this record, Samsung is fighting for the top spot this season with the power of its powerful bullpen.

Samsung's bullpen average ERA this season is 4.18, ranking second overall after NC Dinos (3.76).

In particular, Samsung's Pil Seung-jo shows the strongest aspect among the 10 teams.

Lim Chang-min, who was recruited in the free agent (FA) market last winter, is showing outstanding results with 7 holds and an ERA of 0.64 in 14 games, and Kim Jae-yoon is living up to his name with 2 wins, 1 loss, 6 holds, and an ERA of 2.04 in 14 games.

Oh Seung-hwan, the oldest player, has appeared in 14 games and is clearly blocking the back door with 1 win, 2 losses, 8 saves, and an ERA of 1.80.

His age is meaningless as he was born in 1982.

In addition, right-handed bullpen Lee Seung-hyun (average ERA in 10 games, 3.29) also adds strength.

Samsung's bullpen is more meaningful in that it has transformed in a short period of time.

In fact, Samsung suffered from bullpen problems just a year ago.

Last year, Samsung's bullpen average ERA was 5.16, the lowest among the 10 teams, and came from behind 38 times, ranking unrivaled first among the 10 teams.

When a starter came off the mound, he would often get beaten up.

In April of last year, when the bullpen was broken, Samsung also recruited right-handed bullpen Tae-hoon Kim from Kiwoom Heroes under the 'energetic conditions' of giving up infielder Won-seok Lee and a third-round pick in the rookie draft.

Samsung, which suffered from bullpen problems, took bold steps forward after hiring new general manager Lee Jong-yeol last winter.

As soon as the free agent market opened, they acquired Kim Jae-yoon, who was playing as a closer for KT Wiz, and veteran bullpen Lim Chang-min, and also signed Oh Seung-hwan, who had qualified as a free agent, after many twists and turns.

Quick drive and determination became the foundation for Samsung to achieve better-than-expected results this year.

Samsung, which was classified as a low-ranking team before the start of this season, is in third place with 19 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw, and a winning percentage of 0.594 as of the 1st.

Samsung's team atmosphere, which has transformed into a 'bullpen kingdom', is causing strong nostalgia for fans who remember the 'Samsung Dynasty' of the 2010s.

Samsung enjoyed its heyday in the early to mid-2010s with the best bullpen lineup consisting of Hyun-wook Jeong, Hyuk Kwon, Ji-man Ahn, and Seung-hwan Oh.

Samsung achieved unbelievable results, winning 266 games (3 losses, 1 draw, 0.989 win rate) in 270 games leading up to the 7th inning over 3 seasons from 2010 to 2013.

This year, Samsung is also playing exciting baseball by setting various records, such as being undefeated when scoring first and being undefeated (7 wins) when a starting pitcher achieves a quality start (3 earned runs or less in 6 innings, QS).

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