“The more I rest, the worse the ball gets. I need to win by 10 points to be crowned the Hold King.”
KT Wiz pitcher Park Young-hyun, who currently holds the top spot in saves, could win the title in his second year.
He has already appeared in 60 games and pitched 63⅓ innings this year, posting a 3-3 record with four saves, 28 holds, and a 3.13 ERA. In the absence of closer Kim Jae-yoon, Young-hyun’s role is to close games.
He was also named to the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Eight of the 12 pitchers on the roster are starters. Park will join Jung Woo-young, Go Woo-seok (LG Twins), and Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers) to guard the back door of the team.
The team will convene on Sept. 22. The final game of the Asian Games is Oct. 7. After the Asian Games, the regular season is effectively over.
Noh Kyung-eun (21 SSG Landers) and Koo Seung-min (20 Lotte Giants), who threaten Park’s hold on the title, will not be traveling to Hangzhou. Park is in a position where he needs to create as much of a gap as possible before the national team call-up.
KT manager Lee Kang-cheol said on Wednesday, “Kim Jae-yoon definitely pitches better when he rests. Park Young-hyun and Son Dong-hyun, if they rest a lot, they lose their feel. I think it’s because they’re still young and don’t have anything of their own.”
“Being No. 1 in the standings will give us strength, and I think we need to increase the gap to No. 2 by at least 10 games before the Asian Games,” he added.메이저놀이터
The KT Wiz have leapfrogged the SSG Landers and are threatening the LG Twins at the top of the standings after a strong August with a winning percentage of 8.026 (19-4). Lee said, “After Cuevas (1.72 ERA in the second half) came back, we got a boost. We were preparing for the final camp, but now we’re getting ready for the postseason (PS).”
The three-game series against LG starting on May 5 is expected to be a watershed moment. KT is expected to return key players who have been out with injuries, including Kim Sang-soo and Kang Baek-ho.