Reached double-digit wins for the third time in his career. The pieces are in place for his first career homegrown win total.
Eric Peddie (NC), who is in the hunt for the season MVP, is the only player with multiple wins so far this year. He leads with 18 wins through 11 days. He is followed by Wes Benjamin (14 wins-KT), Raul Alcantara (12 wins-Dusan), and Adam Plutko (11 wins-LG).
A native pitcher’s name appears for the first time at 10 wins. Along with David Buchanan (Samsung), Ko Young-pyo (KT), Im Chan-kyu (LG), Kwak Bin (Doosan) and Lee Yi-ri (KIA) round out the top five. Ariel Furado, Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom), Barnes (Lotte), and McCarty (SSG, 9+ wins) round out the list.
Given the circumstances, the race for the most wins by a homegrown pitcher is likely to be between Ko Young-pyo and Lim Chan-gyu.
First, Ahn Woo-jin, who won 15 games last year, is out with an elbow injury. Despite a string of strong performances this season (150⅔ innings, 2.39 ERA), the team’s disappointment and repeated bad luck ended their season with only nine wins.
Lee and Kwok Bin will be called up for the Hangzhou Asian Games on June 23. The Asian Games final and the third and fourth place matches will be held on October 7. The regular season will not be interrupted during the Asian Games. Upon returning home, it will be the end of the season, making it difficult to add to the win total. Lee Yi-ri was expunged from the first team on October 10.
Even if we expand the scope to eight wins, Choi Won-tae (LG) was expunged from the first team on the same day after struggling after being traded. Moon Dong-joo is also a member of the national team and has already declared his season over, and Yoon Young-chul (KIA), who has a heavy shoulder, has also shown signs of fatigue in the second half.
On the other hand, Ko Young-pyo and Lim Chan-kyu have solid form as their teams are ranked first and second in the league. While their competitors are mostly young guns, these two are veterans with over a decade of experience under their belts.
It’s true that the ‘national ace’ Ko Young-pyo has the upper hand. He had a hot summer this season, going 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four games in June, 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in four games in July, and 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four games in August. However, he has struggled in September, giving up six runs in five innings and six runs in six innings in two games. He hasn’t been able to show his “go-qual” (quality start, 6+ innings and 3 earned runs or less) form.
KT manager Lee Kang-chul commented on Ko’s slump, saying, “Every year around this time, his pitching drops. It’s true that he threw 150 innings. His fastball and changeup don’t have the same spicy flavor as his pitches.”토토사이트
On the other hand, Lim has only five quality starts in his 21 starts, but he has been replaced in the fifth inning only once in 18 games since May.
He’s also having a career year. He’s even better this season (10-3, 3.69) than he was in 2018 (11 wins, 5.77 ERA) and 2020 (10-9, 4.08). He also has a chance to add a new line to his resume, becoming the first Korean pitcher to win multiple games since his debut in 2011.