[Pro Baseball Observatory] ‘Summer Wizards’ KT starts to leap to 3rd place against SSG-Dusan

SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) Jang Hyun-koo Reporter = KT WIZ, which has been on a winning streak since June, will use its ‘summer magic’ to jump to third place .KT, which was at the bottom of the leaderboard at the beginning of June, jumped to fifth place in less than two months, and now it has the magic of surpassing third place .KT swept a three-game series in Changwon against the NC Dinos last weekend. After eliminating the gap to fourth-place NC, KT now trails the third-place Doosan Bears by one game. KT rebounded with a remarkable 28-14 record and 0.667 winning percentage in 42 games in the two months of June and July. During this period, KT had one six-game winning streak and three four-game winning streaks, racking up wins at a frightening pace and restoring their winning percentage to 5%.KT got back on track as its biggest strength, its starting pitching, took off. With five wins apiece from Ko Young-pyo and Wes Benjamin in June and July, and three wins apiece from Byul -seong and William Cuevas, KT has won 17 games on the strength of their starting pitching alone. This week’s series against second-place SSG Landers and Doosan will be a great opportunity to see how far KT’s upswing can go.The team has a narrow lead over SSG with five wins and four losses, while Doosan has played a tightly contested series with four wins, one draw and four losses. If the solid starting lineup of Benjamin, Go, Young-pyo, Cuevas, Uhm, Sang-baek, and Bae Jei-seong can continue their upward trend in August, KT can leap out of the middle of the pack and into 스포츠토토존 a contender to shake up the LG Twins-SSG duopoly .All eyes will also be on the midweek three-game series between the ‘Nakdong River rivals’ NC and Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium in Busan. After dropping all three games of the weekend series, NC and Lotte are facing a crisis. NC is no longer secure in fourth place, and Lotte has slipped to seventh.As a top-five contender, NC and Lotte are expected to go all out, as a victory would give them breathing room for the rest of the season. Both NC, which had a roller coaster ride in July from four straight losses to five straight wins to three straight losses, and Lotte, which suffered three straight losses without a win, are urgent to end the losing streak first, so they are likely to put their lives on the line in the first game of the three-game series on August 1.Doosan, which has lost five straight games after setting a new club record for most consecutive wins (11), will try to snap its losing streak against the Hanwha Eagles, who have a 6-3 record this year .However, facing each other for the first time in two months, Hanwha is not the same team that was hovering at the bottom of the table, and Doosan is expected to feel some pressure. Since June, Hanwha has won 20 games, drawn one and lost 18, which is one better than Doosan’s winning percentage (.525) over the same period. The KIA Tigers, who have revamped their starting lineup with Thomas Pannoni, Mario Sanchez, Yang Hyun-jong, Lee Lee, and Yoon Young-chul to make the jump to the top of the standings, will look to rack up wins this week against the Samsung Lions and Hanwha.

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