In the past, it would have collapsed…”
Choi Won-tae of Kiwoom Heroes is continuing his cruising early this year. Currently, he is 5 games 1-1 with an earned run average of 2.90 (10 earned runs in 31 innings), 20 strikeouts, 8 walks, and a WHIP (on-base allowed per inning) of 1.13.
He is the starting pitcher following local ace Ahn Woo-jin and foreign players Eric Yokishi and Ariel Hurado. Although he is the메이저놀이터 4th starter, he is showing off his game influence as much as the 1st starter. Choi Won-tae’s 31 innings is a record that is tied for fifth in the most innings.
It is fair to call him a 1st pick and 4th pick. At his current pace, he will have 194 innings at the end of the season. Of course, since the burden of physical strength must be taken into account as the season progresses, the pace of the innings cannot be maintained, but considering that the season’s maximum innings is 157⅓ innings (2019), the possibility of renewing one’s own maximum innings cannot be ruled out.
In the second half of last year, it was Choi Won-tae who had some ups and downs, such as changing his position to a bullpen pitcher. His physical strength and ability to digest innings followed Choi Won-tae like a tag.
Still, he is different this year. Director Hong Won-ki guarantees this. Choi Won-tae became a losing pitcher the previous day (28th) against Sajik Lotte, recording 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and 4 runs. However, he contributed 4 runs in only one inning in the second inning and kept the rest of the innings scoreless. In a way, it was an unlucky day.
Manager Hong Won-ki, whom we met at Sajik Stadium on the 29th, said, “During the second crisis, the breaking ball that I wanted went well, but all of these were fixed hits, so runs continued. If it was like before, it would have collapsed, but it wasn’t. He did a good job and threw it responsibly,” he praised.