The LG Twins, who secured first place in the regular season for the first time in 29 years, are about to play their 144th game. The final game had a winning percentage of 60%. It may also be a concern that if they give up the last game, they will end the regular season on a bad note with three straight losses.
LG will end the 2023 regular season with the game against the Doosan Bears to be held at Jamsil Stadium on the 15th. Already on the 3rd, with the defeat of ‘Chaser’ KT Wiz and NC Dinos, all magic numbers were erased and first place was confirmed. At this time, LG has a total of 9 games remaining. I said I would do my best until the end and aim for the record for the most wins in the club’s history, but there was no need to operate at 100% power. As a result, LG achieved 3 wins and 5 losses in the last 8 games.
In the NC game on the 13th, they were completely defeated 4-8, and in the Doosan game on the 14th, it was a close game until the end, but they ended up losing 2-3. With these two consecutive losses, LG’s winning percentage dropped to 0.603 (85 wins, 2 draws, 56 losses). The rankings will not drop in the game on the 15th, but the winning percentage may change. If they catch Doosan, the regular season ends with a winning percentage of 0.606, and if they lose, the regular season ends with a winning percentage of 0.599.
LG recorded a winning percentage of 0.613 last year with 87 wins, 2 draws, and 55 losses. The winning percentage of .600 for the second consecutive year following last year also depends on the match against Doosan on the 15th.
Although these games were played with less effort after direct advancement to the Korean Series was decided, LG clearly did not show the power of first place in the last eight games. During this period, the team’s batting average was 0.250 and OPS 0.672, which meant that the batting indicators remained in the lower to mid-range. There were 9 errors, more than 1 per game. The number of runs conceded is 38, but the earned runs are only 30. It was a short period of time, but there were too many goals lost due to mistakes.
LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop announced that he would give 100% effort in the final game to present victory to the home fans. The starter will be Lim Chan-gyu, a 13-win pitcher. The opposing team, Doosan, is competing for third place, so it is not a situation where LG can easily relax and play. In order to avoid the ‘push’ controversy, it is difficult to loosely play matches against ranked teams.
After the game on the 15th, an event will be held to commemorate LG’s first place in the regular season.
After the game is over, you receive a championship trophy from KBO. Next, a commemorative video of the final game is shown, and the players respond to fans for their support during the regular season and send greetings about their departure for the Korean Series.
Fan services include a 360 autograph ball throwing event, 메이저놀이터fireworks, and a DJ party. Before the game, 1,000 cheering flags and 3,000 mini flags will be distributed at the first base infield and outfield entrance gates. A portable TV prize draw event will also be held during the cleaning time during the game.
LG fans filled the first base stands with ‘pre-sale tickets’. Most of the first base home bleachers were sold out through the annual membership pre-sale on the 10th. As it is the final game and final home game of the 2023 regular season champions, many LG fans were expected to come to the stadium, and with the trophy award ceremony added, a ‘reservation war’ broke out.