Hong Won-ki was surprised to see the schedule… “I have a spare day, why would I play a doubleheader in Gochuk…”
Kiwoom played a total of 119 games through 29 days. This is the most in the league. The second most played team is KT with 111 games. That’s a difference of eight games. They are 15 games behind KIA, who have played the least amount of games (104).
Kiwoom’s home stadium, the Gocheok Sky Dome, is protected from the elements, so it’s usually in their nature to play more games than other teams by this time of year. This year, however, the weather was unusually favorable. It rained when they played in Gocheok, and when they went on the road, it didn’t rain at all. The result is the way they are playing now.
Normally, a team that has played a lot of games beforehand will have a more generous schedule for the rest of the season. When other teams play six games a week, we often only have to play three or four. They can play three or four games in a row and then take a break, or they can play on the road. That’s what we saw in the remaining schedule announced on Sept. 29. Since September 11, Kiwoom hasn’t played many games and has relatively few rest days.
However, Kium head coach Hong Won-ki expressed some disappointment with the September 9 game, which was already scheduled. Initially, Kiwoom was scheduled to play Hanwha at the Gocheok Sky Dome from September 8 to 10, but the KBO’s remaining games were rearranged into a doubleheader on September 9.
Hong sees no reason to schedule a doubleheader. Hanwha and Kiwoom’s games in Gocheok are scheduled for the 11th and 13th-14th. The chances of a rainout at the Gocheok Sky Dome are almost zero. In that case, Hong’s idea is to play the three-game series as scheduled without a doubleheader and organize the other game on a reserve day when Hanwha’s back-to-back restrictions are not in effect.
Ahead of the game against Incheon SSG on the 29th, Hong explained the schedule, saying, “It’s not like we had to put a doubleheader on the 9th, there’s a reserve day after. No matter how much I thought about it, I couldn’t understand the doubleheader.” “The day before, we play Changwon. We have a doubleheader on Saturday, and then we have to play another 2 o’clock game the next day. Even if you try to understand it on the field, I think it’s a bit unreasonable,” he said.
“Anyway, we’ve been playing so far without a rainout, so it’s a bit incomprehensible because it seems like it was forced on us,” he added. While the KBO has taken into account various circumstances, it is disappointing that it could have avoided scheduling doubleheaders as much as possible, which could have affected crowd mobilization and team performance.
In response, the KBO explained that there was a tacit agreement among the clubs that if they were going to play a doubleheader, they would play at least one doubleheader to be fair to everyone. Therefore, there was only a suitable schedule of nine days.토토사이트
Meanwhile, Kiwoom moved Jang Jae-young, who was scheduled to start on the 29th, to the back of the lineup after the game was canceled due to rain. McKinney and Ahn Woo-jin, who were originally scheduled to start on the 30th and 31st, will continue to start.