KIA 22-year-old closer has seasons like this…7.11 ERA in August, needs to be saved somehow ‘for the fall’

KIA closer Jeong Hae-young (22) is going through hard times again in August. Against Daegu Samsung on the 19th, it was not used in a 1-point lead situation.스포츠토토 However, on the 20th, Daegu Samsung Electronics took the mound at the bottom of the 8th inning, trailing 4-6, and allowed 1 hit, 1 strikeout and 1 walk in 1 inning.

Jung Hae-young was fine with 3 wins, 1 loss, 2 saves and an average ERA of 3.00 in 12 games in April. However, he faltered with a 4.26 earned run average with 4 saves in 8 games in May. At the end of May, coach Kim Jong-guk ordered Jung Hae-young to go to the second army. Jeong Hae-young stayed in Hampyeong District 2 throughout June and did only balance training for a while.

Jung Hae-young actually held a ‘mini summer camp’ in Hampyeong. She focused on checking the shifting of the center of gravity. After the lower body moves, the upper body should move naturally, but the upper body moves first. Afterwards, after an inspection of the Futures League, he returned to LG on July 2nd.

Jung Hae-young’s trip to Hampyeong in June was successful. He bounced back with an ERA of 1.35 with 4 saves and 1 hold in 8 games in July. I was officially ordered to return as a closer by coach Kim Jong-guk. He also said, “The rotational power of the ball has improved” after the Gwangju Samsung Game on July 12 and balancing the pitching.

But in August, it shakes again. He has a 7.11 earned run average with one loss in six games. On the 1st and 2nd, the Pohang Samsung Game was sluggish with 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 run, 0.1 inning, 3 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs. At the time, the climbing schedule was rather tight. On July 28-30, I fought 3 consecutive games in Gwangju Lotte, and after taking a day off on the 31st, I went back to the game on the 1st and 2nd, so it was 5 games in 6 days.

After that, he took three days off, and on the 6th, he recovered with 2 innings, 1 strikeout, 2 walks and no runs against Gwangju Hanwha. After that, the interval between the appearances widened again, and on the 13th, against Busan Lotte, 3 hits and 1 run in 1 inning was uneasy again. On the 17th, against Kiwoom Gwangju, he struck out 1 inning and scored no runs, but did not play on the 18th and 19th. It was strange for him to go out as he lost 2-12 on the 18th game, but on the 19th he was in a save situation but was rested.

Fortunately, in the game on the 20th, even if it was not a save situation, the pitching was fine. Although they sent out two runners, the pitch did not appear to be shaking rapidly. He mixed a slider and splitter with a 143km fastball.

After an 8-pitch battle against Koo Ja-wook, he induced a floating ball in left field with a 143km fastball. In fact, the ball count 2B2S seemed to pass the 140km 7-ball fastball through the inside strike zone, but the referee’s hand did not go up. SBS Sports commentator Kim Tae-hyung, who relayed the match, also said, “The ball was good, but there was no strikeout call.” At this time, Jung Hae-young lifted his leg and felt sorry for him, but his expression was bright.

Jung Hae-young wrote a new history of Tigers saves by winning 30 or more saves for the past two years in a row. However, he has slowed down this season with an average ERA of 3.73 with 3 wins, 2 losses, 10 saves and 1 hold in 34 games. His earned run average is also rather high for a closer, and, crucially, his save count of only 10 won’t be to his liking.

It is a type of closer where pitching balance and physical strength management are very important because it is a style that wins with rotation and vertical movement rather than speed. Looking at this season as a whole, it is clear that it is a struggle. It’s not good since August, but it seems to be on the recovery path, not conceding in 3 of the last 4 games.

Go to the climax of the ranking battle. KIA does not have time to send Jung Hae-young to the 2nd Army to prepare. We have to somehow adjust in the 1st team, endure and overcome. It is true that Lim Ki-young is the best in the bullpen when looking at his performance, momentum, and pitching this season. However, if Jung Hae-young is also a force to go with somehow, he must live unconditionally. The best scenario is for Closer to rebuild his pride and for KIA to settle in the top 5.

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