Left-handed pitcher Lee Sang-young (23-LG Twins) faces hitters with a new release point.
Lee Sang-young, who was announced as the starting pitcher against the Samsung Lions in Jamsil on Thursday, was a “soldier” just two days ago. Having served in the military with the Sangmu Baseball Team (a national army sports unit), he joined the team immediately after being discharged on the 12th. He will fill in for Kim Yun-sik, who was demoted to the second team due to his erratic pitching. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I have high expectations for him,” adding, “I’m going to give him a chance steadily. We’ll give him a chance for about a month. I only watched the Futures (second team) League game on video, but it wasn’t bad.”
It’s not often that a player returns to the first team and starts immediately after leaving the military, which shows the expectations for Lee. His record in the second team was 8-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine games. He was consistent, going at least five innings in all nine starts. “Being a starter, it helped me to go the distance (in the second team),” Lee said, adding, “The (good) record looks like that because the Commerce players are so strong that even when they give up runs, they support (the scoring).” “I think lowering my arm (the Phillies’ point) a little bit helps a lot,” he said, explaining the difference.토토사이트
Josh Hader, a specialized bullpen resource for the San Diego Padres. Getty Images
Before enlisting, Lee was a “normal” pitcher. But a few months into his military service, he lowered his release point. “I’ve been wanting to drop my release point for a long time,” he said, “and I thought I’d take the plunge because I can improve and have a chance to throw in the majors.” “I like Josh Hader (San Diego Padres), and I think my release point has definitely come down by copying his form,” he said. Hader is a specialized bullpen resource with 147 career saves in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a left-handed pitcher with a low release point and a fiery fastball that overwhelms hitters.
For Lee, there is no “restraint” like Hader. Instead, he is driven by confidence. “Before the army, I was timid and unconfident on the mound. Now that I’m throwing a lot, I feel like I’ve gained confidence and have some guts to fight with the seniors in the first team.” “If I do well, it will be my place, so I’m just thinking about enjoying myself and doing well,” he said encouragingly.