Left hand here and left hand there? KIA right hand ‘ERA 0’ is also expected ‘baseball to protect’
Left hand here, left hand there. Where are the KIA right-handed bullpens?
Looking at the KIA bullpen pitchers who pitched in the demonstration game, it is true that the left hand is overwhelming. The six members are Kwak Do-gyu, Kim Dae-yu, Lee Jun-young, Choi Ji-min, Kim Ki-hoon, and Kim Yu-shin. Kim Dae-yu and Kim Ki-hoon have some ups and downs, but the other four members run fast. In particular, Kwak Do-kyu and Lee Jun-yeong had zero ERA in their 4 games. All six could make it to the opening entry.
However, right-handed bullpens are also slowly improving their condition ahead of the season opener. Closing point Jung Hae-young is marching with zero ERA. 3 games, 3 innings, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, no run. Celebrating the third year of finishing, for the first time in history, he challenges the Tigers to record 30 saves for three consecutive years.안전놀이터
There is also sidearm Park Jun-pyo, who was one of the main characters of the ‘Park Jeon-myeon’ trio. It is a good pace with 2 walks and no runs in 1⅓ innings total of 2 games. Park Joon-pyo was not good with an average ERA of 5.40 with 1 win and 8 holds in 34 games in the 2022 season, but he is aiming for a revival this year. In addition, Yoon Joong-hyun and Song Hu-seop also played 2 games and 1 game, respectively, and did not concede.
Of course, there are players who have bad pace or have ups and downs. Following a shoulder injury, Jeon Sang-hyun had a short break in the summer of 2022 because his elbow was not good. In this demonstration game, he had an average ERA of 6.23 with 1 win and 2 holds in 4 games. On the 21st, it was not good with 3 hits, 1 strikeout and 3 runs in 1⅓ innings against LG in Gwangju. However, as much as it was good with 3 scoreless innings in the previous 3 games, we need to watch more.
Kim Seung-hyun, who wore the KIA uniform after leaving Samsung, also struggles. 1 loss in 3 games, average ERA is 6.00. At the time of the Tucson spring camp, Kim Seung-hyun went on a rigorous diet by running to and from the campsite and lodging, which were about 6 km away. Running or walking 12 km in a day is never easy. He believes that there is a possibility of a comeback if he loses weight and balances pitching.
There is also Jang Hyeon-shik, who is in the final stages of rehabilitation, aiming for May, although he cannot pitch in exhibition games. Fatigue has accumulated in his elbows as he has played many games since his previous coaching days, but he prepares for another baseball life through bone fragment removal surgery and rehabilitation. Given his skills and performance, he is the most reliable right-handed bullpen.
Coach Kim Jong-guk had revealed early on that he would use the bullpen regardless of its type, based on ability, pitch, and performance. As the left-handed bullpen dominates, the pitching team will naturally focus on the left-handed. However, it is not easy for the bullpen to be operated only by left-handed pitchers. If some right-handed pitchers, including closer Chung Hae-young, improve their condition, the overall structure of the bullpen could be improved.
Perhaps this year’s KIA bullpen, the distinction between the winning team and the chasing team may virtually disappear. There is a possibility that KIA will win the game with the baseball that it protects this year.