The intense fall baseball competition at the end of the KBO League regular season was disrupted by frequent rain. In the case of the 6th-place Doosan Bears, the number of rain cancellations has already reached ’20’.
The KBO announced on the 13th that the 12th match of the season between Doosan and 5th place SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League, scheduled to be held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, was canceled due to rain. SSG is scheduled to have a double header with first place LG Twins on the 17th, so today’s game will be scheduled at a later date.
The game between the two teams on this day attracted a lot of attention from baseball fans. It was an important game that could become a watershed in the battle for the semifinals, as 6th-place Doosan was chasing 5th-place SSG by 2 games.
There was also a difference in the team atmosphere. Doosan defeated the Hanwha Eagles 8-3 the day before and won three games in a row. The goal was to accelerate the pursuit of SSG based on the upward trend of 6 wins and 4 losses in the last 10 games.
On the other hand, SSG was in a bad mood as it had been slowing down with 2 wins, 1 draw, and 7 losses in its last 10 games, and had been defeated 0-3 by KT Wiz the previous day. I was especially concerned that the batting line only gave up one hit and no runs.
However, heaven did not allow Doosan and SSG to clash. On this day, raindrops poured down in the Jamsil area from early morning. Starting at noon, the precipitation increased, and puddles of water formed in the first and third base dugouts and the outfield warning track.
The home team, Doosan, prepared for rain by installing a large tarpaulin in the infield early after the previous day’s match against the Hanwha Eagles, but as the rain became heavier, ground conditions deteriorated significantly.
The KBO game supervisor dispatched to the scene took into account the weather forecast and ground conditions and quickly made the decision to cancel due to rain at 4:50 p.m. The Meteorological Administration predicted that rain clouds would remain in Jamsil until dawn the next day, and even if the rain stopped, it was obvious that it would take a significant amount of time to prepare the ground for normal play.
Both the home team Doosan and the away team SSG took an unexpected break. Most of the Doosan players returned home at 5:30 p.m. SSG moved to away accommodation near Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
In the case of 6th place Doosan, the rain is not very welcome. As of today, a total of 20 rain cancellations have occurred this season, making it even more difficult to complete the remaining game schedule. A hectic race was held until mid-October along with the 4th place KIA Tigers (21 times), who suffered the most rain cancellations this year.
Doosan will play a double header against 5th place SSG in Munhak on the 27th, and after a day’s rest, they will have to face leader LG in Jamsil on the 29th and 30th. It is not a good situation for the schedule to be pushed back while we have to give our all in every game.
The fact that SSG also experienced its 16th rain cancellation is not a positive sign. However, there is a difference in perspective from Doosan, which is winning three games in a row, in that they have had time to regain their team spirit after losing against KT the previous day.
Immediately after the rain cancellation, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung expressed his not-so-bad view of the unexpected holiday, saying, “I hope today’s rain will be a day where the players’ mood changes.”
After the rainy season, the end of the KBO League’s 2023 regular season was further postponed as rain poured down in the early fall. KBO has currently announced the remaining game schedule for the second half of the season until October 10th. If the number of games canceled due to rain increases further, the start of the postseason will inevitably be postponed until mid-October or later.
Doosan replaced the starting pitcher for the SSG game on the 14th. Instead of Park Shin-ji, who was scheduled to take the mound as the starting pitcher in the game on the 13th, Choi Seung-yong will face the SSG batters. As for SSG, Elias will play against Doosan. 토토사이트
Meanwhile, dark clouds arrived at Gwangju Champions Field, where rain did not seem likely, and the start of the game was postponed due to rain. In Gwangju, KIA, which is in 4th place with 60 wins, 2 draws, and 53 losses (0.531) and is aiming to advance to the playoffs, will compete against Lotte, which is in 7th place and has lost 3 times in a row, unable to turn the situation around after the resignation of coach Chris Sutton.