An awkward ERA of 8.59 for a KIA 150km fireballer… OK, my shoulder doesn’t hurt, even AG is ‘desperate for recovery’

  • September 10, 2023

ERA 8.59.

KIA 150km fireballer Lee Ui-ri (21)’s velocity dropped from the 3rd inning of the Suwon KT game on August 22, and complained of shoulder discomfort after giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 2 walks in 4 innings. Fortunately, no medical abnormalities were found as a result of the hospital cross-check.

However, after skipping one appearance and returning, things are not going well. On the 3rd, against Incheon SSG, he allowed 4 hits (2 home runs), 4 strikeouts, 3 walks, and 4 runs in 3 innings. In the second game of the Gwangju LG doubleheader on the 9th, he gave up 4 runs (3 earned), 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 5 walks, and 5 walks in 4⅓ innings. Total of 2 games, 1 loss, ERA 8.59.

He wasn’t hit in either game. On the 9th, Gyeonggi had no choice but to leave the mound as the callus on his right middle finger came off. In fact, if he had pitched one or two more innings in both games, he may not have allowed any additional runs. He gives up about 4 runs in 5 or 6 innings, which can’t be considered a bad thing.

However, what stands out to him is Sasagu. Total of 2 games, 7⅓ innings, 8 walks and walks. This season, Lee Ui-ri has 79 dead balls, the most in the league. However, he significantly decreased to 5 walks and walks in 11 innings in July and 9 walks and walks in 21 innings in August. The reason quality starts began to appear in the second half of the season was because the number of pitches decreased as the number of walks and walks decreased, allowing many innings to be played.안전놀이터

However, after Lee Ui-ri skipped the rotation once due to shoulder pain, it appears that his pitches have slightly increased again. In the game on the 9th alone, there were 85 pitches in 4⅓ innings, so it was on pace to get close to 100 pitches in 5 innings. This means that there was a high probability that he would not be able to go on the mound in the 6th inning anyway.

He doesn’t think the peeling of his calluses will be a big problem. The question is whether Lee Ui-ri can pick up his pace again before he goes to the Asian Games national team. It’s good that his shoulder isn’t hurting, but his national team coaching staff’s thoughts are likely to be complicated. Left-handed fireballer Lee Ui-ri is clearly a highly used pitcher in the national team.

This is also a point of concern for KIA, which will temporarily give Lee Ui-ri to the national team. For KIA, Lee Ui-ri’s performance is important right now, and it is also an essential force in the postseason after the Asian Games. Lee Ui-ri is likely to go to the national team after the game against Doosan in Gwangju on the 15th and against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 21st. The content of these two games is important.

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