Kia 21-year-old left-handed 150km fireballer is re-oiled…first drink ‘fateful September’
“KIA must have seen it coming.”
KIA also completed a sweep against SSG in Incheon on the 3rd, thanks to a strong batting performance. He’s been in the spotlight a lot lately because he’s been so hot, but it was actually a very important game for KIA, win or lose, because of this player.메이저놀이터
Lee Yi-ri, a 21-year-old left-handed fireballer. On August 22, he pitched four innings against Suwon KT, giving up four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. More than his pitches, Lee’s fastball velocity suddenly dropped to the 130km/h range in the third inning, raising concerns. It wasn’t an intentional adjustment, but rather discomfort in his shoulder.
The good news is that there was nothing medically wrong. Lee didn’t complain of any additional discomfort. The hospital said he didn’t need to skip the starting rotation, but manager Kim Jong-kook chose to walk across a stone bridge.
As luck would have it, the day of Lee’s start was canceled, and Lee returned three days later. He gave up four runs on four hits in three innings with four strikeouts and three walks. He gave up a leadoff home run to Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom of the first inning, which was more of a borderline hit than an error. In the second inning, a changeup to Cho Hyung-woo, a former Gwangju Il High battery, was a little too high.
It wasn’t a bad pitch, as he only had two hits and three walks. He was also fortunate that he didn’t get sick after the game. He also showed off his ‘health’ by raising his fastball back up to 150 kilometers. There were no other abnormalities after the game.
MBC Sports Plus commentator Park Jae-hong, who broadcast the game, predicted that KIA would have planned their game plan with the idea of removing Lee early. Since it was his first start after his return, he would have been limited in pitch count.
It’s a sensitive shoulder issue for pitchers, so they had to be cautious. He is not just a pitcher who will be used for a year or two, but the next generation of native ace to succeed Yang Hyun-jong. If he gets sick, it’s a loss. That’s why we took him out of the first team once in the first half with Yoon Young-chul.
This is the beginning. Like a well-oiled machine in a comeback game, the energy in Lee’s arm and shoulder is back to normal, so it’s not unreasonable to expect better things from his next outing.
On top of that, KIA is currently without Mario Sanchez and is without a five-man rotation. They’ll have to revert to a weekly rotation of alternate starters. Right now, they have a seven-game series against Doosan and LG this week. That’s two starts in a row. I’m already planning to use a high volume offense, but I need to maximize my wins with my four starters.
The offense can offset the mound’s Achilles’ heel for now, but the bats can’t put up 10 hits and 10 runs for 144 games. Ace Thomas Pannoni is somewhat calculated, and you can’t ask for much from Yoon Young-chul. Yang Hyeon-jong is back to being Yang Hyeon-jong, which is a good thing, and Lee’s performance the rest of the season is the final variable that can stabilize KIA’s performance.
Lee Yi-ri will be called up to the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games on the 22nd. With the most games left to play among the 10 teams, KIA will have an important schedule after October 7, when the final will be held. Realistically, however, it is unclear whether Lee will be able to come back and find his form after the Asian Games final, so the rest of September is crucial for him. He needs to squeeze every last ounce of strength out of his body without hurting himself. Lee is the biggest variable for KIA in September.