5G 36 innings 5 wins ERA 0.50, Cuevas in August was close to perfection
The team with the highest win rate for the month of August was KT Wiz. With an overwhelming record of 18 wins and 4 losses (0.818) in 22 matches, he confirmed the first place in the monthly win rate regardless of the result of the match against Suwon Samsung Lions on the 31st. Thanks to this, KT, which jumped to second place, narrowed the gap with the leading LG Twins to 4.5 games.메이저놀이터
Several players performed brilliantly in pitching and hitting, but the protagonist of the uptrend was foreign pitcher William Cuevas. He recorded an average ERA of 0.50 with 5 wins in 36 innings in 5 games in August, giving the team a whopping 5 wins. The number of strikeouts (37), which was much higher than the number of walks (3), is eye-catching.
Cuevas, who has been on the KBO League stage in a KT uniform since 2019, achieved double-digit multipliers for two consecutive years until 2020, and contributed to the team’s first combined championship in 2021. However, due to an elbow injury last year, he was taken off the line at the beginning of the season, and eventually KT requested a waiver announcement from the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) in mid-May. It is an unexpected farewell for both the player and the club.
After leaving Korea, Cuevas continued his career by going through the Mexican League and the American Minor League, and was called by KT once again. When foreign pitcher Bo Schulser could not get out of the slump, KT fiddled with a replacement card in early June and reached out to Cuevas. Unlike last year, there was no problem with the player’s physical condition and he could adapt to the league right away, so KT had no reason to hesitate about recruiting. Cuevas also welcomed the trip to Korea by sharing a welcome message from domestic fans through his social network service (SNS).
Cuevas withdrew without a win or loss with 4 ⅔ innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 3 runs against the Suwon Samsung Lions on the 17th, his first appearance back, but on the 23rd against the Gwangju KIA Tigers, he won his first win of the season with 4 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, and 6 innings against the Gwangju KIA Tigers. Reported.
On the 21st of last month, his first appearance in the second half, Cuevas raised expectations by fighting well with 5 hits, 5 hits, 10 strikeouts and 1 run in 8 innings against Daegu Samsung, and this month he definitely found a sense of stability. From the match against SSG Landers in Suwon on the 2nd to the match against Lotte Giants in Busan on the 27th, they achieved Quality Start Plus in 5 consecutive games.
In particular, against Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on the 20th, he scored 11 strikeouts in 7 innings, recording the most strikeouts in an individual game. He is also being mentioned as a candidate for MVP for the month of August, boasting a stable ball game to the extent that he played three out of five games without a hit.
The whole team sighed at Cuevas’ good fight, which was satisfactory in both the content and the result. The somewhat exhausted bullpen pitchers relieved the burden when Cuevas came out as a starting pitcher, and in the meantime, KT accumulated multipliers one by one.
Now, KT and Cuevas look to September. With 33 games remaining, including the match against Samsung on the 31st, attention is focusing on whether their high-altitude march can continue until the fall.