the rookie king, is suffering from a serious game hunting.
Eui-ri Lee started the home game against the Doosan Bears in the regular season of the 2023 KBO League held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 8th. He faced 16 batters in 3 innings, giving up 5 walks. After giving up 2 runs due to the first pitch, he came down the mound from 1st and 2nd base safely at the beginning of the 4th inning.
In this game, Eui-ri Lee showed no zero point.메이저놀이터 He showed ‘running pitching’ even in the game against Soo-bin Soo and Yoo-chan Lee, who were relatively lacking in long hitting power.
In the beginning of the 3rd inning, with no runners out, Sue-bin Jung, who was facing the opponent, walked out of the strike zone (S zone) with a four-seam fastball (based on a left-handed hitter) thrown from a full count. He only threw 5 fastballs to the follow-up Lee Yu-chan, 4 of which were balls.
He didn’t seem confident even when using his main weapon slider. All three sliders he threw in the match against Heo Gyeong-min were low. The same was true of the changeup used in the ball count 2-ball-2 strike. In this situation, he even showed himself to be overly conscious of the second base runner (Jeong Soo-bin).
Lee Eui-ri overcame the crisis by catching ground balls and strikeouts in the match against Kang Seung-ho and Kim Jae-hwan in the third inning. However, he walked again in the 4th inning to lead batter Yang Eui-ui and follow-up Yang Seok-hwan. After incurring an unfavorable ball count (3-ball -1 strike), he threw a ball out of the full count (based on a right-handed hitter) and out of the S zone. Lee Eui-ri passed the mound to Lim Ki-young after being hit by a timely 1 RBI from Song Seung-hwan. The relief pitcher allowed a hit to Jang Seung-hyeon, and his runs increased.
Lee Eui-ri also gave up 6 walks in 5 innings against SSG Landers on the 2nd, his first appearance this season. He became the winning pitcher thanks to the team’s batting line supporting many runs, but after the game, he said, “The pitching content is the worst.” Unlike the SSG game where he lasted 5 innings, he was knocked out early in the Doosan game.
Eui-ri Lee recorded 4 wins and 5 losses with an ERA of 3.61 in the 2021 season and became the rookie of the year. Last season (2022), he took the first 10 wins (10 losses) in his debut and took an elite course. Last winter, Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes), the league’s representative hitter, and individual training in Los Angeles, USA, aimed at improving muscle and endurance. Ahead of the spring camp, he also expressed his determination to “create sophisticated control.”
Lee Eui-ri damaged his pride at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which he participated in last month. At the end of the 7th inning, when Korea was losing 4-11, he took the mound with 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base, but gave up 3 walks and a wild throw, allowed 2 runners to score, and then came down the mound. The 6th pitch he threw at Shohei Otani of Japan on a full count was so close to his body that the opponent misunderstood it as a bean ball.
Eui-ri Lee ranked second in strikeouts (161) by domestic pitchers after Woo-jin Ahn (Kiwoom) last season, when he won 10 wins. His walks per 9 innings (4.32) were 20th out of 22 pitchers who filled the required innings. Even in the season when the results were good, control was a problem. Mental problems are also a concern due to the aftereffects of WBC.