Kiwoom Heroes began looking at the ‘strongest ever’ starting pitcher.
As of the 3rd, Kiwoom is filling the regulation innings with all 4 starters playing over 30 innings. Only Doosan and Kiwoom have four pitchers in the regulation innings. Among them, Choi Seung-yong of Doosan moved to the bullpen after 26 innings. In fact, Kiwoom is the only one who has four starting pitchers filling the required innings.
The average ERA recorded by the four starting pitchers is 2.32. It is by far the best among the 10 clubs.
Ahn Woo-jin is at the center of Kiwoom’s starting lineup. An Woo-jin pitched in 6 games this season and pitched 37 innings with an ERA of 0.97. It is evaluated that the power of changing balls such as sliders has become more powerful while throwing the ball at the mid-to-late 155 km/h speed.
Eric Yokishi is showing the consistency of a foreign player in his 5th year. After wearing the Kiwoom uniform for the first time in 2019, Yokishi has won double-digit wins every year. In particular, he played the role of an ‘ace’ by digesting more than 180 innings in all of his recent two years.
Even after being a ‘new foreigner’, he is also gradually adapting to the KBO league. Hurado, who has appeared in 6 games this season and recorded an average ERA of 2.70 with 3 wins and 3 losses, perfectly relieved the burden of the bullpen by allowing 1 run in 8 innings against the Samsung Lions on the 3rd. In a situation where the bullpen was consumed to some extent in a close game that went to the 10th inning in the previous game, Hurado’s 8th inning reverse pitch was like a sweet rain.
Choi Won-tae is also aiming to revive the ’10-win pitcher’. Choi Won-tae, who has won double-digit wins for three consecutive years since 2017, has shown some ups and downs in the last three years. After stepping up to the bullpen in the postseason last year, he started to regain his heyday once again, pitching 8 scoreless innings against KIA on the 16th.
If he returns as he is now, he will be able to build the strongest 4 starting lineup since Doosan’s starting lineup, which was called the ‘Fantastic 4’ in 2016. At that time, Doosan recorded more than 15 wins with Dustin Nippert, Michael Bowden, Jang Won-jun, and Yu Hee-gwan working together in 701⅓ innings. Doosan is the first team to have four pitchers with 15 wins. They led the unified victory by combining 70 wins 크크크벳.
Seung-woon is not following at the beginning of the season, but his inning digestibility and stability on the mound are as good as the 2016 Doosan starters.
While the four starters are stable, Kiwoom will start looking for the last five starters. Jang Jae-young, who had been conceived at the beginning of the season, is reorganizing in the Futures League due to a difficult game. Jang Jae-young recorded 5 scoreless innings in the Futures League match against the Samsung Lions on the 3rd. Another selection candidate, Lee Seung-ho, was also excluded from the first-team entry. With Jung Chan-heon and Joo Seung-woo being discussed, one rotation was skipped due to cancellation of rain.
As there is a rain forecast in the afternoon of the match against the Samsung Lions on the 4th, if the rain is canceled, it is expected that Kiwoom will be able to buy more time to find a starter.