It’s a 5-point difference, but it came up to the mound. He is already the team’s second most-called pitcher. It would be nice to move the secret weapon too.
On the 15th, KIA held Gocheok Kiwoom 8-4 and ended a three-game losing streak. As starting pitcher Adonis Medina collapsed with 3 runs in 3⅓ innings, the bullpen was consumed a lot. Lee Jun-yeong (⅓ innings) – Jang Hyun-shik (1⅓ innings) – Kim Yu-shin (⅔ innings) – Park Jun-pyo (⅓ innings) – Hwang Dong-ha (2 innings) – Choi Ji-min (1 innings) – 6 people had to take responsibility for 5⅔ innings.
The most notable thing is that Choi Ji-min came out with a 5-point lead at the beginning of the 9th inning. At this point, Choi Ji-min is the bullpen responsible for the most important final moments together with Lim Ki-young. After Jung Hae-young’s departure, it can be said that he actually plays the role of a double finisher with Lim Ki-young.
There is a question as to whether the KIA had a reason to appoint Choi Ji-min, given that the bullpen was closed with only Kim Yu-shin (1 inning) the day before, and the fact that the team had a relatively comfortable 5-run lead that day. Choi Ji-min pitched in 26 games this season, becoming the pitcher with the most appearances on the team after Lee Jun-young, who had 27 games. Also, with 30.2 innings, he is the pitcher who played the most innings in the team’s bullpen next to Lim Ki-young with 38⅔ innings.
However, KIA had to break a three-game losing streak. In addition, Choi Ji-min has not been operated for three days since the match against Doosan in Jamsil on the 11th. Even in the bottom of the ninth, if one or two runners go out, you can face a crisis right away, and moreover, Lee Jung-hoo and Edison Russell will appear at the same time as the start.
However, it is also necessary to select and prepare cards that can help Choi Ji-min and Lim Ki-young. In District 2, Kim Ki-hoon, Jeon Sang-hyun, Kim Dae-yu, and Jung Hae-young are on standby. Kim Ki-hoon, Jeon Sang-hyun, and Kim Dae-yu side by side went to the Futures League SSG match on the 15th. Reorganization is in full swing Jung Hae-young still has no actual matches, but he has a schedule to start soon.
In the first team, Jang Hyun-sik, who has the most experience, stands out. In the game on the 15th, he won a relief victory with 1.1 innings, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts and no runs. In 19 games this season, 1 win, 2 losses, 2 saves, 2 holds, an average ERA of 2.65. After elbow bone fragment removal surgery and rehabilitation, he gradually raises his pace. He didn’t fight at first, but recently did two. Of course, the position did not waver after that.스포츠토토
This is the first season for Choi Ji-min to stand by as a full-time winning team in the first team. In the fall, he will also participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games. Thorough physical fitness and management are required throughout the season. He has conceded runs in 3 of his last 5 games, and it is true that the percentage of walks has increased slightly. Of course, it’s not that the current pitch has fallen sharply.
In that respect, the smooth maintenance of the four bullpens in the 2nd team and the improvement of Jang Hyun-sik’s pace are encouraging. This is because they are pitchers who will relieve Choi Ji-min and Lim Ki-young’s share in the long run. The strength of the KIA bullpen, which has improved in depth, seems to be on display from now on.