The Choi effect was clear. The difference between the LG Twins’ performance before and after Won-tae Choi is stark.
It was on July 29 that LG executed a three-for-one trade with the Kiwoom Heroes to acquire starter Choi Won-tae in exchange for three players, including batter Lee Ju-hyung, pitcher Kim Dong-gyu, and a 2024 first-round draft pick.
LG’s performance before and after this day was different. LG actually struggled in July. They were on top of the standings, but they were becoming increasingly unstable. They had a week off for the All-Star break, but even after the All-Star break, they didn’t have the same solidity at the top.
From July 1 to July 28, the day before the trade, LG played 12 games and went 5-7, good for seventh place overall. Their team batting average was fourth at 2.775, and their team ERA was sixth at 4.22. Overall, the players seemed a bit tired.
But on July 29, when Choi Won-tae arrived, the atmosphere changed 180 degrees. The team was definitely energized.
After winning back-to-back games against KT Wiz on July 27 (9-6) and Jamsil Doosan on July 28 (9-2), LG continued its winning streak with a 7-6, one-run victory over Doosan on July 29, the day Choi Won-tae arrived, followed by a sweep of both Doosan and Kiwoom for a seven-game winning streak. It was LG’s longest winning streak of the season.
They have since won four straight games after losing two in a row. On July 12, Choi Won-tae faced Chinjung Kiwoom and pitched five innings of six-hit ball with two walks and five strikeouts to lead his team to an 8-4 victory, his first win against Chinjung.
Since Choi’s arrival on July 29, LG has played 11 games with a 9-2 record. This is second only to the KT Wiz, who went 10-2 in 12 games.메이저놀이터
During this time, LG’s team batting average was 2.661, good for sixth overall, and their team ERA was 3.30, good for third overall. While the two-hitter’s numbers aren’t great, they’ve come together to create winning games. The arrival of Choi Won-tae changed the atmosphere and created an upward trend. Choi Won-tae has also appeared in three games for LG, and while his ERA is not great at 4.50, he has won two games (one loss).
LG, which was trailing second-place SSG Landers by 2.5 games until July 28, reached 60 wins (2 ties and 35 losses) on the 12th and is now six games clear of the top spot.
LG has made the right moves at the right time and is reaping the benefits of its trades.