A foreign one-two punch with its toenails upright… ferocious eagle

During the 10 years from 2013 when Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) entered the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) to last year, 22 foreign pitchers from Hanwha only managed to record 149 wins and 185 losses (0.446 win rate) and an average ERA of 4.62. Hanwha is the only team with fewer accumulated wins by foreign pitchers than KT (153 wins), who joined the first team in 2015. Of course, the average ERA of foreign pitchers was also the lowest among 10 clubs.토토사이트 순위

This season is different. Foreign pitcher Pena (33), who has just entered her second year on the domestic stage, is recording an average ERA of 3.04 with 6 wins and 5 losses, while Sanchez (26) is 5 wins undefeated with an ERA of 1.48. In addition, Moon Dong-ju (20), who has been in the team for 2 years, is also performing as a ‘foreign pitcher’ with 5 wins and 5 losses and an average ERA of 3.52.

A good starting pitcher in baseball is the one who connects winning streaks and ends losing streaks. Hanwha, who broke a 3-game losing streak against KIA in Daejeon on the 21st of last month when Pena started, won 8 games, including against Samsung in Daegu on the 1st. It is the first time in 18 years since 2005 that the Hanwha has succeeded in winning 8 consecutive games. During this 8-game winning streak, Pena, Sanchez, and Moon Dong-ju all won 2 wins each. On the 2nd, when Pena started in Daegu, he lost 1-2 to Samsung, ending his winning streak. It would be closer to the truth to say that Pena became a losing pitcher because he did not receive scoring support.

During the 8-game winning streak, the Hanwha lineup averaged 5.9 points per game. In particular, Noh Si-hwan (23), who is in his 5th year as a professional player, performed brilliantly. Noh Si-hwan recorded a batting average of 0.324 (11 hits in 34 bats), 5 homers and 10 RBIs during this period. Now, the season home run (17) is second in the league alone, and the RBI (52) is tied for second. Choi Jeong (36, SSG, 0.976) is the only hitter with a higher OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) than Roh Si-hwan (0.941). Choi Jeong-eun ranks first in both homers (19) and runs batted in (58).

Noh Si-hwan, who was the fourth hitter at Gyeongnam High School, had a batting average of 0.281, 6 home runs, and 59 RBIs last year, and then held joint training with Gyeongnam High School alumni such as Han Dong-hee (24, Lotte) in his hometown of Busan. Lee Dae-ho (41, retired), also a graduate of Gyeongnam High School, also stopped by and gave advice to his juniors. Roh Si-hwan said, “In the past, even if I asked senior Lee Dae-ho, he only told me, ‘If the ball comes, just look carefully and hit it.’ But this time, he generously shared his own know-how.” he laughed. Noh Si-hwan lost nearly 7 kg of his weight during his off-season.

Hanwha raised the team ranking from 10th to 8th during the winning streak. Now, there are fewer rides with 5th place Doosan (3 games) than 10th place Samsung (5 games). Hanwha has never stepped on the ‘fall baseball’ stage since 2018, but the odds are on Hanwha’s side. Separately by year, a total of 86 teams recorded 8 consecutive victories until last year, and 76 (88.4%) of them succeeded in advancing to the postseason.

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