Andrew Suarez, who became Yakult’s “exploit” at LG Ace,
grounds for change in record
Korean batters, left-handed pitchers Weaknesses Conclusion
Imana and other fastball

left-handers An unwelcome analysis came out for the Korean national team participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Japan’s ‘Data Stadium’, which handles sports data, introduced an analysis on the 7th that the strategic key for the Japanese national team to catch the Korean national team would be ‘use of left-handed pitchers’.

The company noted that although 스포츠토토there are veteran left-handed pitchers such as Kim Kwang-hyun (SSG) and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) in the Korean national team, there are few left-handed pitchers who throw fast balls close to 150 km/h in the entire league. It is predicted that the ability of hitters of the Korean national team to adapt to the ball of the left-handed pitchers of the Japanese national team will decrease.

Two players who played in turn in the Korean and Japanese leagues were used as a medium for analysis. Outfielder Mel Rojas Jr., who played for KT in the 2020 KBO League and became MVP, but moved to Hanshin, a Japanese professional baseball in the 2021 season, and played an ace-level role in LG in the 2021 season, then moved to Yakult in the 2022 season and became a second-team player. The record change of left-hander Andrew Suarez (pictured) was presented in detail.

Among them, Rojas recorded a batting average of 0.379 against left-handed pitchers in the KBO League in the 2020 season, but in Japan in the 2021 season, the batting average against left-handed pitchers fell to 0.148.

In addition, Suarez recorded a clean record of 10 wins and 2 losses with an average ERA of 2.18 in LG, but when he moved to Japan the following year, he appeared in only 6 games in the first team stage and was kicked out with an average ERA of 6.23.

The record left by the Korean national team at the 2019 Premier12 was also subject to analysis. Korea recorded a batting average of 0.260 against right-handed pitchers in that year’s tournament, but its batting average fell to 0.183 against left-handed pitchers.

The Japanese national team includes left-handed pitchers who throw fast balls close to 150 km, such as Shota Imana (Yokohama), Yuki Matsui (Rakuten), and Keiji Takahashi (Yakult). ‘Data Stadium’ diagnosed that they would be very effective for the Korean national team.

In the KBO League, there are left-handed pitchers who throw fast balls, such as Eui-ri Lee (KIA) and Jin-wook Kim (Lotte), but most of them are still in their growth phase. Also, although there are ace-level lefties like Gu Chang-mo (NC), it is not often that KBO league batters meet highly-perfect left-handed pitchers.

Attention is focusing on how this analysis will affect the pitching operation of the Japanese national team in the Korean War.

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