It’s like coming down from the heavens to the ground,”
laughed Lotte manager Larry Sutton. On the 11th, Lotte won a 7-6 victory against Sajik Doosan thanks to Noh Jin-hyeok’s finishing hit after 10 extended matches. The dramatic victory multiplied the joy, but if there was one regret, it was that ‘Ace’ Na Kyun-an only allowed 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.
Na Kyun-an was honored to win the KBO April MVP award as he suddenly became Lotte’s new ace with 4 wins and an undefeated ERA of 1.34 in April alone. But in May, it’s suspicious. On the 3rd, against KIA in Gwangju, he only allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings, and on the 11th against Doosan Sajik, he allowed 4 runs and barely blocked 5 innings. It was far from the appearance of Na Kyun-an I saw in April.
On the previous day (11th) ahead of the match against KT held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 12th, coach Sutton said, “I don’t think Na Kyun-an is sluggish. I saw Doosan hitters predicting in advance and taking the number of goals,” he said. pointed out
Sutton added, “If Na Kyun-ahn develops the ability to adjust during the game with various ball combinations, he will become a better pitcher.”먹튀검증
It is also true that Na Kyun-ahn showed excellent pitching in April, raising expectations. However, director Sutton said with a laugh, “It is not realistic for Na Kyun-an to continue performing in April throughout the year.”
Na Kyun-an last year was the first full-time pitcher, and this is also the first time he has played a full-time season as a starting pitcher. Director Sutton knows this all too well. Therefore, having too many expectations from Na Kyun-an can be a burden to both the player and the team. Na Kyun-an is a pitcher who has definitely leveled up, but looking at his pitching career, it is also an important period for him to gain experience through pitching. Can Na Kyun-ahn be reborn as an upgraded pitcher by taking the failures he tasted in his last two appearances as a mirror?