LG and KT will play Game 1 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Korean Series at 6:30 p.m. on the 7th at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
LG, which went straight to the Korean Series as the No. 1 player in the regular season, aims to win the championship for the first time in 29 years since 1994.
KT, which entered the Korean Series for the first time in two years following 2021, dreams of winning the Korean Series for the second time in its career.
Duel between directors is also an issue.
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop and KT manager Lee Kang-chul reached the Korean Series as coaches and senior coaches when they were in the Nexen Heroes in 2014, resulting in a runner-up finish. Nine years later, they have a fierce battle with each other as their enemies.
It is essential for both teams to overcome the cold weather to lift the desperate trophy.
Cool weather continued until last weekend, and the temperature dropped sharply after the rain poured on the previous day (6th). On this day, most parts of the country were issued with cold wave warnings and strong wind warnings.
At 6:30 p.m. on the 7th, when the first round begins, the temperature in Seoul is expected to be around 7-8 degrees. If strong winds are added to this, the wind chill can be even lower.
Cold weather raises the possibility of several variables. In the case of pitchers who need “preheating” of their shoulders, elaborate control becomes difficult and there is a risk of injury.
The longer fielders stand in the cold weather, the lower their concentration and the higher their risk of injury during defense and base running. In the past, errors occurred one after another due to the cold in the Korean series.
In addition, concentration at the plate can be disrupted during the attack, which will act as another burden for players of both teams.
In particular, LG, which has lost its sense of practice for about a month, is highly concerned. With the KT mound gaining more power during the playoffs, it may not be easy to find a sense of hitting due to the cold weather.
Coach Yeom said, “When the weather gets cold, hitters have particularly difficulties. Among them, the leading batters are struggling, he said. “The key is how to boost the team’s offense in cold weather.”
Director Lee also said he will focus on reducing variables according to the weather.
At the same time, he stressed that the pitching staff’s performance is important, saying, “A team that has a pitcher who can throw fastballs will be advantageous.”