“If only the first pitch S ratio is increased…” The coach’s last wish, the extraordinary expectations for the ace of the ‘10 wins + AG national team’
He was doing his job well as a native ace, but the head coach’s ideals were higher. This is a story about coach Lee Seung-yeop’s expectations for Kwak Bin (24, Doosan Bears).
Manager Lee Seung-yeop met with reporters ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against SSG Landers at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 13th and said, “Kwak Bin is the best pitcher in Korea if he only increases his first pitch strike rate. I don’t think he will, but he pitched in the 4th inning and was despondent. “I hope you don’t do it,” he said.스포츠토토
This is the wish for Kwak Bin, who gave up 3 runs while throwing 98 pitches in 4 innings the previous day and retired.
Kwak Bin is playing very well this season with 10 wins, 7 losses, and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.12 in 21 games. This season is the first time he has achieved 10 wins in a season since his debut.
However, after crossing this threshold on the 25th of last month, there has been no victory in the three games. He pitched 6 scoreless innings against the LG Twins on the 31st of last month, but collapsed against the KIA Tigers on the 6th, allowing 6 runs in 3⅓ innings, and bowed his head against the Hanwha Eagles on the 12th, allowing 4 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 4 innings.
As every game is important with the goal of regaining 5th place in sight, the mental burden on the ace pitcher is bound to be greater.
Manager Lee said, “Because he threw 98 pitches until the 4th inning, it can be said that he was not in good condition. On a good day, he is a pitcher who pitches 7 innings with less than 100 pitches.” He added, “Depending on the condition of the day, he shows severe ups and downs. “I think he will definitely throw for a higher goal, but if he doesn’t close the gap, it will take a long time to become a better player,” he said.
Kwak Bin is scheduled to be called up to the Asian Games national team on the 23rd. Before then, he plans to play in at most two games. Coach Lee said, “There are important games left before going to the Asian Games. We need to be strong-minded,” and added, “I hope you prepare for the next game with the pride of being a one-two-three punch with our country’s ace and the team’s foreign pitchers.” .
He is scheduled to pitch on the 17th. They face the KIA Tigers, who are in 4th place and are 2 games behind Doosan, without a win over SSG. He then rested for four days and plans to have him pitch on the 22nd, but we have to see the situation.
Manager Lee said, “The game on the 17th is the key. It is very important. If you are in good condition, you will not be able to get out quickly. If you throw about 100 pitches in a 1-0 win situation, you can play in the next inning. (Like that) “If I overdo it, I may not be able to pitch on the 22nd. Still, I plan to form a starting rotation thinking I will pitch on the 22nd as well,” he explained.