Is it the aftermath of the World Baseball Classic (WBC)? Kim Gwang-hyeon (35, SSG Landers) showed the most sluggish appearance after returning to the KBO League.
Kim Gwang-hyun started in an away game against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 8th, and recorded 8 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 1 strikeout and 5 runs in 3 innings and was knocked out early. He recorded the fewest innings pitched after returning to Korea after completing a major league challenge in March 2022.
His first inning start wasn’t bad. 메이저사이트He allowed lead hitter Lee Won-seok a heavy hit, but Jung Eun-won struck out and Roh Si-hwan double-strung to finish the inning.
From the second episode, Kim Gwang-hyun started to shake. He allowed a home run when a 132 km/h slider thrown to lead hitter Chae Eun-seong hit the center. Then, O’Grady allowed a double, and after grounding Kim Tae-yeon, Jang Woon-ho and Choi Jae-hoon gave consecutive walks, putting them in danger of loading the bases. Kim Gwang-hyeon, who gave Oh Seon-jin an extra point on a sacrifice fly, gave Lee Won-seok another walk and was shaken, and Jeong Eun-won was treated as a ground ball, ending the inning with difficulty.
He struggled even three times. Kim Gwang-hyeon, who was hit with a double by Roh Si-hwan, erased the preceding runner with Chae Eun-seong’s grounder and got 2 outs by handling O’Grady’s fly ball. However, he was hit by four batters in a row by Kim Tae-yeon, Jang Un-ho, Choi Jae-hoon and Oh Seon-jin. Then, he walked again to Lee Won-seok, and was able to finish the inning by barely catching it with Jung Eun-won’s foul fly.
Kim Gwang-hyeon, who threw 70 pitches in 3 innings, ended the mound by replacing rookie Song Young-jin in the 4th inning. The speed of the fastball hovered around 140km/h, and in the 4th inning, an unbelievable speed of 137km/h was taken with the speed gun. Considering that the slider was 140km/h when he struck out Shohei Ohtani in the WBC Korea-Japan match in March, his velocity has dropped significantly in just one month.
He had no choice but to increase the proportion of breaking balls because his fastball was not restrained, but his control did not go as he wanted. Unlike usual, the strike rate did not exceed 60% (41 strikes, 58.6%). His walks were also shaken to such an extent that 3 out of 4 were straight walks.
Due to Kim Gwang-hyun’s sluggish performance on this day, the season’s ERA soared from 1.80 to 6.75. Although he exceeded 2,000 innings in Korea and the U.S., it became a faded record.