Barnes-Wilkerson’s 4-day break rotation is maintained even under the acting system of Lee Jong-woon
The four-day break rotation of two foreign pitchers, who were the winners of the Lotte Giants’ competition for the top 5, remains unchanged despite the resignation of former manager Larry Sutton.
Acting coach Lee Jong-woon of Lotte said, “Wilkerson and Barnes’ 4-day break rotation will be maintained” immediately after the cancellation of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Hanwha Eagles season 11 rain, which was scheduled to be held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 30th. If this overlaps, it will be a 5-day break rotation at least once, so I will go as it is.”
Lotte announced Sutton’s sudden voluntary resignation on the afternoon of the 28th. Coach Sutton recently expressed his intention that it would be difficult to carry out the managerial duties for the remainder of the second half amidst deteriorating health, and the club accepted it after consideration.
The remaining 37 games of the regular season will be run by head coach Lee Jong-woon as acting manager. Acting Lee Jong-woon has experience leading the team as Lotte’s 16th command tower in the 2015 season, so the first-team manager position is no stranger to him.
Acting Lee Jong-woon announced on the 29th that he would bring a stable lineup without making any major changes to the batting order in the case of Yasujin. Lotte operated the game in various batting order instead of a fixed lineup this season, depending on the type of opponent starting pitcher and the condition of the main hitters on the day.
There were not many key players who played in a fixed batting order, from table setter to center batting line. In the case of captain An Chi-hong, he played games in several batting order, including 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. It is expected that it will be difficult to see such an ever-changing starting lineup under the acting system of Lee Jong-woon.
However, the starting rotation is highly likely to be led as coach Sutton has established and set the direction. Coach Sutton announced on the 8th that he would use the two foreign pitchers, Barnes and Wilkerson, as a starting rotation for a 4-day break rather than a regular 5-day break starting rotation as the team continued to fall after the start of the second half.메이저놀이터
So far, Sutton’s idea has been successful. Barnes played the role of an ace with an average ERA of 1.46 with 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games. Wilkerson also showed excellent pitching with an average ERA of 1.45 with 1 win and 1 loss in 3 games. Without the two, there was a high possibility that Lotte’s situation would have gone worse.
Acting Lee Jong-woon also plans to maintain the same routine for the rest of the second half season as Wilkerson and Barnes show good pitching by adapting well to the 4-day break rotation. It is also positive that both pitchers took sufficient rest due to frequent cancellations of rain recently.
Wilkerson will start on the 31st against Hanwha. On the 25th, against the KT Wiz, 7 innings, 6 hits, 8 strikeouts, 2 runs (1 ERA), and after a 5-day break, he will return to the mound.
Barnes had more time to recharge as the match against Hanwha on the 30th was canceled due to rain. On September 1st, he will start as a starting pitcher in the first game of the weekend’s three-game series against the Doosan Bears. On the 24th, against the LG Twins, 6 innings, 5 hits, 4 walks, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 3 runs, it is a mound after a week of rest.