“Last year was last year, and this year is this year.”
Lotte Giants coach Larry Sutton said he would not repeat the mistakes of last year. Can the rising giants really change this year?
It was a miracle April. No one expected, but Lotte finished last month with the league’s sole first place (14 wins and 8 losses). And although it lost the lead to SSG Landers in May, it still maintains the game difference ‘1’ and is in second place in the league (15 wins and 9 losses), keeping the top rank.
Lotte could not play the Gwangju KIA Tigers game on the 4th and the Sajik Samsung Lions game on the 5th due to rain. From the 6th, I plan to play the rest of the weekend series with Samsung.
There’s a reason why I’m interested in Samsung and the series for the first weekend in May. It is because of the afterimage that was like a nightmare last year. Lotte met a bitter result on the first weekend of May last year, just a year ago. At the time, the team was running second in the league (16 wins, 1 draw, 11 losses). However, it met with Samsung (May 6-8) and suffered a series sweep, and the momentum was dampened.
Lotte fell down without a brake, and at the end of May, the ranking fell to 7th place (23 wins, 1 draw, 26 losses). Lotte failed to advance to the postseason, unable to revive the momentum once lost.
Manager Sutton, who took the baton of Lotte last year, also remembered this day a year ago. However, he insisted that this year would be different. 토토사이트
Coach Sutton said, “I remember playing against Samsung around this time last year,” and “but last year was last year, and this year is this year. Unlike last year, the entry and team colors have changed this year. Also this year, with a stronger entry than last year, the players played well in April and against KIA (2nd-4th). I think we will continue this atmosphere.”
“Coaches and players prioritize consistent performance. We pay as much attention as possible to the detailed areas that we can control and prepare for a good performance. It is also important to do so. Of course, it would be nice if victory followed, but winning or losing is an area that we cannot control. We plan to focus on what we can do and move forward.”