“If he only increases his strike rate, he will be the best in our country.”
The belief of the ‘national hitter’ remains unchanged. Will Doosan’s 10-win national team ace be able to stand up again?
Doosan won 8-3 against Hanwha in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium on the 12th, but starting pitcher Kwak Bin’s poor performance was disappointing.
Kwak Bin barely managed to survive with 4 hits and 3 runs while throwing 5 walks and walks in 4 innings. The number of pitches reached 98.
Kwak Bin, who earned his first 10 wins in his career by pitching well in 8 innings against Jamsil SSG on the 25th of last month, allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 바카라 and no runs, ended August with 3 hits, 5 walks, and no runs in 6 innings against Jamsil LG on the 31st, but ended August in Jamsil on the 6th. In the KIA game, he collapsed with 9 pitches, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 6 runs in 3⅓ innings, and then in the Jamsil game against Hanwha on the 12th, he pitched below expectations with 4 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 4 innings.
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop met with reporters at Jamsil Stadium on the 13th and said about Kwak Bin’s pitching the previous day (12th), “He threw 98 pitches until the 4th inning, so it must be said that he was not in good condition. On a good day, he pitched 7 innings with less than 100 pitches. “He is a pitcher who throws very well,” he said. “Depending on his condition on the day, he shows a lot of ups and downs. I think he will definitely throw for a higher goal, but if he doesn’t close the gap (between good times and bad times), it will take a lot of time to become a better player.” “It will take,” he said.
“Obviously, because he is a pitcher, he has a sensitive personality and will have a lot of greed to throw better,” said Manager Lee Seung-yeop, who understood Kwak Bin’s feelings. “If you keep your mind relaxed and simple, you will definitely pitch well. As I always say, it is a strike.” He left a message of encouragement, saying, “If we just increase the ratio, Kwak Bin is the best pitcher in our country.”
Coach Lee Seung-yeop then said, “I won’t be discouraged, but I still feel worried. There are important games left before going to the Asian Games, so I need to be strong.” He added, “With our country’s ace and our team’s foreign pitchers, it’s a one-two-three punch. “I hope that he will make his next appearance with pride,” he added.
Kwak Bin has been selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games national team. Kwak Bin, who participated in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team in March of this year, is attracting attention as a player who should play a pivotal role in the Asian Games. He is expected to pitch in up to two more games before joining the national team. Doosan plans to send out Kwak Bin for the KIA game in Gwangju on the 17th and the Samsung game in Daegu on the 22nd. The national team will begin group training starting on the 23rd.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “The game on the 17th is the key. It is a very important game. If he is in good condition, he will not be left out quickly. If he overdoes it, he may not be able to pitch in the game on the 22nd. First of all, I still think that Kwak Bin will pitch in the game on the 22nd. “I plan to take the starting rotation,” he said.