I thought it was a natural ‘constant’, but it might be a ‘variable’.
Everyone has a ‘calculation’. Lotte, who stayed in 9th place in team ERA last year, can say that the biggest challenge this year is rebuilding the mound. Last year, while Lotte was struggling with mound hunting, foreign pitcher Charlie Barnes showed steadfast pitching with an average ERA of 3.62, 12 wins and 12 losses, digesting 186⅓ innings, the most in the team. While throwing 71 innings, he showed a struggle with 3 wins, 4 losses, 14 saves, 6 holds, and an average ERA of 4.06. 메이저사이트
These are the players who should be ‘constant’ in Lotte’s ‘calculation’. Players like Barnes and Choi Jun-yong need to do at least as much as last year so Lotte can make a new calculation to increase the quantity and quality of the mound. However, their hunting in the demonstration game is giving Lotte a lot of trouble.
Barnes took the mound three times in this year’s exhibition games, but only had one loss and an ERA of 7.36. He was getting worse and worse. Barnes, who left 4 hits and 2 runs in 3 innings against Doosan Sajik on the 13th, recorded 6 hits and 3 runs in 4 innings against Sajik LG on the 18th. .
In particular, against NC, he made an uneasy start, allowing only 3 runs in the first inning, and endured the 2nd to 4th innings without a run. In fact, it seems that there is no need to attach much importance to the result because it is an exhibition game. Nevertheless, Lotte manager Larry Sutton said, “Barnes threw well, but he needs to pay more attention to his control and improve pitching efficiency.” .
Choi Jun-yong, who finished this year’s exhibition game with an average ERA of 13.50 with one loss, is also regretful. He reached 3 home runs despite pitching only 4 innings in 5 games. He also had nine hits. In particular, on the 21st, he only suffered 2 hits and 2 runs in 1 inning against Daegu Samsung, and on the 25th, he suffered the pain of defeat against Hanwha Sajik with 3 hits and 4 runs in ⅓ innings. At least, it is income if it is income to finish the demonstration game by blocking the Sajik KIA game on the 27th with 1 hit and no run in ⅔ innings. Even during the 2nd Japan Spring Camp, when the practice game was in full swing, Choi Joon-yong said, “My condition is 50%. I don’t like everything.”
Maybe it would be fortunate if these results came out in an exhibition match. The opening day of the regular season is April 1. If a problem is discovered through the demonstration game, there is definitely time to fix it.
Barnes is the pitcher who dominated last April. His performance from March to April last year was 5 wins and an average ERA of 0.65. So it seems there is no need to worry about Barnes’ spring. However, since it is the second year of the KBO League, it is necessary to make appropriate changes in that it is a familiar pitcher to opponents. At the time of the spring camp, Choi Jun-yong said, “Last year, my stamina declined in the second half, so I did not try to increase the pace in a hurry. I am adjusting my physical condition to the opening of April,” saying that he was focusing entirely on the regular season. An exhibition game is just an exhibition game. The true appearance of Barnes and Choi Jun-yong can be confirmed from April.