Kim shows the amazing record in MLB
He needs to refer to the pitching content of senior Ryu Hyun-jin, who is playing in his ninth year. The two players commanded the league with a fastball of nearly 150 kilometers in the KBO League. However, at the age of mid-30s, it is no longer possible to pitch the fastball he did in his heyday. In fact, the fastball speed of the two players has dropped a lot in the Major League.
The key to success lies in control. Kim had a lot of walks during the recent two consecutive losses. There were many games in which he gave three walks per game and destroyed himself. On the other hand, Ryu is different. He has played less than one walk in nine games this season. He has never given more than two walks. He ranks third overall in the Major League with 8.67 strikeouts and walks (52 strikeouts and 6 walks). There is a reason why he is pitching well with 4 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.53 in the season, despite his somewhat unfortunate victory.
However, Kim has allowed three walks in three games this season. A pitcher should have fine ball control. Even if the speed is slow, hitters cannot easily hit the ball if the pitchers can pitch the ball wherever they want. Considering Ryu’s pitching, Kim also needs to improve his control, which is highlighted as a weakness, to survive in the Major League.
[61st edition of Weeklymonday / June 14, 2021]
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