10G ERA 10.00, is this the true story of Go Woo-seok’s performance? It should be the main character of the LG KS picture frame… ‘Shock’
10 games, average ERA 10.00.
Most clubs’ offices or important spaces are filled with picture frames that provide a glimpse into the club’s history. Of course, this is not the time to frame photos, but if it is a very symbolic and important moment, making a frame is worthwhile. If you look at the moment of winning the Korean Series or the pennant race, it is ‘bumpy’.메이저놀이터
In that respect, if LG wins the Korean Series this year, the player who will receive the spotlight at that moment has been decided early on. The finishing touch is Go Woo-seok. It should be considered the so-called ‘Henggarae pitcher’. Just as Oh Seung-hwan dominated the final moments during the Samsung Dynasty, this year’s LG will also be able to imagine Ko Woo-seok’s great saves confirming their victory in the Korean Series.
Go Woo-seok has been acting unusual lately. On the 6th, he took the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning with a 3-0 lead against Suwon KT, but collapsed with 4 hits, 1 strikeout, 2 walks, and 4 runs in ⅔ innings. On this day alone, there were quite a few cases where he went into the middle, whether it was a fastball or a change ball.
He was also unlucky. When he gave up a walk to Park Kyung-soo with one out and a runner on first base, the 151 km low fastball he used with a full count actually hit the borderline. It was okay if a strikeout call was made. As a result, he made a decision that completely changed the flow of the game.
Third baseman Bo-kyung Moon’s defense was somewhat disappointing as he threw a cutter to Hwang Jae-gyun with bases loaded and two outs, and a ground ball with a large bounce turned into a timely hit for two RBIs. KBS N Sports commentator Park Yong-taek, who broadcast the game, pointed out that Moon Bo-kyung was unable to catch the ball properly because he was checking second base runner Kim Sang-soo out of the corner of his eye before catching the batted ball. This means that attention was paid to the next play before the catch. With two outs, the most important thing was to catch the batter.
However, it is the closer’s destiny to overcome such misfortune with strength and stability. Aside from these scenes, it is true that Go Woo-seok has been in an unusual situation lately. On the 5th, Suwon KT pitched well in 1⅔ innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 strikeout, and no runs. However, against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 2nd, his control wavered and he recorded a walk on a walk, allowing 2 hits, 1 strikeout, and 2 runs on 3 walks and walks in ⅔ innings, becoming the losing pitcher. In the last 10 games, 3 saves, 3 losses, and an ERA of 10.00. In 40 games this season, he has 3 wins, 7 losses, 13 saves, and an ERA of 4.19.
Even if you are a closer, you cannot block perfectly every day. It is also true that it is a difficult time both physically and mentally as it is the end of the season. With a finisher as experienced as Go Woo-seok, it would not be surprising at all if he earned a save today with a perfect pitch.
However, it is true that we must be wary of this type of defeat because it causes great damage. Regardless of the results, it is necessary to check the balance and quality of each pitch. Recently, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop pointed out to Ko Woo-seok that the proportion of fastballs should be increased. There is a taste that the breaking balls are less curved recently.
According to the baseball statistics website Stats, Go Woo-seok’s hitting percentage this season is 0.217 for fastball, 0.295 for slider (cutter), and 0.125 for curve. Last year, his fastball was 0.226, his slider was 0.145, and his curve was 0.114. It is noticeable that the cutter hit rate has increased significantly.