NC returns Park Gunwoo & Seo Ho-cheol to the starting lineup

NC returns Park Gun-woo and Seo Ho-cheol to the starting lineup, aiming to end the first round against Kwak Bin.

The NC Dinos have unveiled their full lineup. Outfielders Park Gun-woo, who has been dealing with knee pain, and Seo Ho-cheol, who suffered a broken nose and an ankle injury, are both back in the starting lineup.

NC, led by head coach Kang Myung-ho, announced its starting lineup for the first game of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ postseason wild-card deciding series against the Doosan Bears at NC Park in Changwon on April 19.

NC’s starting lineup is Son Asub (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second baseman), Park Geon-woo (right fielder), Jason Martin (center fielder), Kwon Hee-dong (left fielder), Kim Joo-won (shortstop), Seo Ho-cheol (third baseman), Kim Hyung-joon (catcher), and Do Tae-hoon (first baseman).

At the end of the regular season, NC groaned with injuries. On April 9 against Changwon Hanwha, star third baseman Seo Ho-cheol suffered ankle ligament damage while playing first base. 먹튀검증 Before the final game of the regular season on the 17th, key hitter Park Gun-woo received an injection for a knee injury, and it is unclear whether he will be able to play.

NC manager Kang Myung-ho said, “Park Gun-woo’s condition is not 100 percent. We have to wait and see. Do Tae-hoon’s selection focused more on defense stability than offense. Oh Young-soo will be utilized as a pinch hitter.” “For the starting catcher, we decided that Kim Hyung-joon is better than Park Se-hyuk in terms of chemistry with Tanner. Hyung-joon has even been playing well lately.”

NC’s starting pitcher is Tanner Tullida. Tanner, who was brought in as a replacement for Taylor Widener, had a smooth transition to Korea. He was the perfect partner for ace Eric Peddy, who won the Triple Crown with 20 wins, 209 strikeouts, and a 2.00 ERA. In 11 games, he went 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA (21 earned runs in 64⅔ innings), 47 strikeouts, 13 walks, a 1.10 WHIP, and eight quality starts.

With no native ace in the lineup and no foreign partner for Peddy, the second half of the season could have been difficult for NC, but Tanner has lived up to expectations. While Widener’s pitches were outstanding, his monotonous patterns and up-and-down delivery amplified the anxiety. Tanner, on the other hand, didn’t have overpowering stuff, but he showed off his command by throwing sweepers like Pedi. He walked just 1.81 batters per nine innings. By throwing relatively fastballs with a slow arm swing, he took hitters’ timing off. The timing was a factor in Tanner’s late start.

Kang said, “It’s a new feeling to play fall baseball at NC Park. We need to reward our fans with a win. We will try our best to win,” Kang said.

“Park Gun-woo is not 100 percent. He has to play somehow. We’ll see what happens,” he said, adding, “I started Do Tae-hoon at first base because I think he needs to be more stable defensively than offensively. Oh Young-soo will be the pinch-hitter.”

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