‘Kingdom of pitchers’ KT, a ‘red light’ on the shaky starters
An emergency light was turned on in the KT starting team, which is called the ‘pitching kingdom’. ‘Baseball is a pitcher game’. The most important role of a starting pitcher is to block the opponent’s batter’s attack with minimum runs for 5 or more innings. However, KT’s starting pitching staff continues to come down from the mound without filling their innings. So Joon So, the ‘young ace’, couldn’t escape either.
Joon Sohn started the game on the second day of the 2023 KBO League home match against NC held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 10th and voluntarily pitched in 3.2 innings. KT’s No. 1 starter, Wes Benjamin, came off the mound in 3.1 innings the day before, and So Joon So-Jun was also replaced after only pitching 3.2 innings that day.
The KT club explained, “(So Hyeong-jun) felt uncomfortable with his right elbow after pitching and was replaced.”
However, on this day, Joon Sohn threw a total of 84 balls before being replaced. Considering that So-jun Sohn averaged 92.6 pitches per game last year, it means that even if he was replaced due to elbow pain, the number of pitches has already reached the limit. Joon Sohn recorded 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 3.2 innings.
It’s not just about Joon So Joon. Benjamin, the first KT starter the day before, came down the mound with 5 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 5 runs (3 earned) in 3.1 innings. The total number of pitches reached 99. His control was shaken, and he failed to manage the number of pitches, showing regretful pitching.
It may be because of the atmosphere that has recently subsided as the team has lost four consecutive matches and fallen to the bottom of the league. However, if the starting pitcher does his job well, there is always plenty of room to turn the atmosphere around. The KT command tower is also well aware of the importance of selection.스포츠토토
Manager Lee Kang-cheol, whom we met before the game, said, “The current members are not bad. However, the atmosphere has subsided as Benjamin has not been able to play the first starter role in his previous three appearances. All foreign players are not playing their roles.”
The most important thing for KT, who is having a hard time with Jujuk players leaving due to injuries one after another, is to endure until they return. Only then can the fire of the rebound be saved. To this end, the role of the selection team is more important than anything else. KT’s selection on the 11th is foreign pitcher Bo Shulseo. Will Schulser be able to fulfill her role?
On the other hand, KT’s starting pitcher, So Joon So, was knocked out early, but the other lineup is leading the game with concentration. At the end of the 4th inning, where they were losing 0-4, they reversed themselves by making a big inning with 5 runs, and Sang-cheol Moon added a 2-run home run at the end of the 6th inning to lead 7-4.