Although the restraint has fallen… Still sharp Yang Hyeon-jong Slider

Yang Hyeon-jong (35, KIA Tigers) pitched well in both games in the 2023 season. Against the Hanwha Eagles in Gwangju on the 11th, he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings, and against the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 16th, which was a recent appearance, recorded 7 scoreless innings. He has not yet won a victory due to the lack of scoring support from the other line, but he recorded an average ERA of 1.93 and a hit ratio of 0.204, showing ‘salty pitching’.

Yang Hyeon-jong seemed to struggle at the beginning of the season. In the first round of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) group stage against Australia held in March, his pitching was not good, such as hitting a 3-run home run, and he was unable to play in the remaining matches of the tournament, and his sense of practice was poor.

Yang Hyeon-jong is 36 years old in our age this year. The average velocity of the four-seam fastball (fastball), which was 144.2 km/h in 2020, fell to 142.4 km/h last year. His two races this year were 141.3 km / h.

It is difficult to pitch with strength any longer. However, he still shows his ace-like appearance. He has better control and better control. The appearance of overpowering opponent batters with a slider is no different from his heyday.

This was the case with Kiwoom on the 16th, where there were many left-handed hitters. Yang Hyeon-jong scored two strikeouts only against Lee Yong-gyu, who had the best cut (intentionally foul-making swing) ability in the league. In the first match at the end of the 1st inning, he only changed the height of the slider and used it 3 times in a row to eliminate strikeouts on swings. In the 3rd inning, he shook his eyes with a low course slider, then put a slightly higher fastball into the outside (based on left-handed batters) and struck out looking.

His skillful pitching also shone in the 6th match against national team infielder Kim Hye-sung. From the first pitch to the body (based on left-handed batters), he showed off his control with a slider that was lightly placed in the strike zone. After that, after showing a high fastball in the ball count 1 ball-2 strike, he immediately pulled out a miss with a low slider. In the match against Kiwoom, he used the slider as a deciding ball and induced 8 hits. There were only 5 strikeouts.

In the 2022 season,카지노사이트 Hyunjong Yang’s slider hit rate is 0.192. 0.067 this season. For left-handed batters, Yang Hyeon-jong’s slider is still a tool.

As of the 18th, Yang Hyeon-jong has won a total of 159 wins. If you add just one win, you will become the third pitcher to reach 160 wins after Song Jin-woo and Jeong Min-cheol (retired).

Yang Hyeon-jong’s next appearance is one of three weekend matches against the Samsung Lions. Last year, Oh Jae-il, the opponent’s main hitter and left-handed hitter, recorded a batting average of 0.091. Ja-wook Koo had no hits. KIA fell to the bottom at the beginning of the season and the atmosphere subsided. Ace’s shoulders are heavy. 

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