Choi Chae-heung 2 inning early exit + 10 run deficit… Won Tae-in’s shoulders are even heavier.
ill Ace be able to break the team’s losing streak? Samsung Lions Won Tae-in has taken on a heavy burden since his first appearance on the mound in September.
Tae-in Won will face Jae-hak Lee as a 안전놀이터 starter in the 12th game of the season against NC Dinos of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 2nd. Following the match against Daegu Kiwoom Heroes on the 27th of last month, the team aims to win two consecutive games as a starter.
If you look at Won Tae-in as an individual, the recent trend is not bad. Except for one time in his last seven games, he pitched five or more innings in every game, and did his part regardless of whether he won or lost. His performance during this period was 2 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 3.40 in 39⅔ innings.
Won Tae-in’s winnings are relatively low compared to 2021 (14 wins) and last year (10 wins), but he is not too concerned about the number of wins. He expressed his thoughts, saying, “I talked to catcher (Kang) Minho and the coaches about only making a quality start this year, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot, but it’s going pretty well, so I don’t think I’m obsessed with the number of wins.”
However, the fact that the team’s current situation is not very good may act as a burden to Won Tae-in.
Samsung lost 0-10 in the first game of a three-game series against NC the previous day, falling into a two-game losing streak. Samsung’s season record, which maintained its 8th place, was 48 wins, 1 draw, and 63 losses (0.432), and the gap with the 7th place Lotte Giants has already widened to 4 games.
Foreign pitcher Taylor Widener, who was scheduled to appear as a starting pitcher in the game against Suwon KT Wiz on the 31st of last month, was unable to pitch on the morning of the same day due to severe cold symptoms, and Hong Jeong-woo (1⅔ innings) quickly took over as a substitute starting pitcher. Meanwhile, in the KT game, Dae-Woo Kim (2⅓ innings), Seung-Hyun Lee (1⅓ innings), Kyu-Min Woo (1⅔ Winnings), and Tae-Hoon Kim (1 inning) appeared in order.
In addition, Choi Chae-heung, who appeared as a starter in the NC game on the 1st, also left the mound early as he performed poorly, allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 4 runs in 2 innings. Afterwards, five bullpen pitchers, including Jang Pil-jun (2 innings), Lee Jae-ik (1st inning), Woo Gyu-min (⅔ innings), Noh Geon-woo (1⅓ innings), and Kim Si-hyun (2 innings), appeared in relief one after another, and Samsung suffered a lot of bullpen exhaustion for two days in a row. . Even the batting line was unable to attack NC starter Tanner Turley and remained silent throughout the game.
In the end, it is expected that the key will be not to fall behind in the starting battle early in the game. If the starting pitcher collapses from the beginning for three days in a row, the team’s losing streak may be prolonged. Attention is focused on whether Won Tae-in will show an ‘ace’-like pitching.