Doosan Bears foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara (31) has consistently played the role of ace in the starting rotation this season. His performance of 13 wins, 8 losses, earned run average (ERA) of 2.66, 159 strikeouts, and 32 walks in 30 starts is impeccable, but his consistency in not skipping the starting rotation makes his value shine even more.
However, on the 4th, his first start in September, the momentum took a turn when he lost against the Sajik Lotte Giants with 10 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 7 innings. Afterwards, he seemed to be showing his true form in 3 games in September with 2 wins and 0 losses and an ERA of 1.56, but in 2 games in October he was greatly shaken with no wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 9.64 (10 earned runs in 9.1 innings). On the 1st, against the Jamsil LG Twins, he allowed 13 hits and 7 runs in 6.1 innings, and then against the Jamsil Lotte Giants on the 7th, he played only 3 innings, the minimum this season, and collapsed with 4 runs (3 earned).토토사이트
This is the complete opposite of the 2020 season, when he won 20 games. At that time, Alcantara showed off his power by recording 10 wins (undefeated) and an ERA of 1.64 in only 11 games since September, contributing greatly to helping the team that was fighting for 5th place advance to the postseason (PS) in 3rd place. Since the ace serves as a support, the probability of winning increases accordingly.
This season, until August, he showed the same power as three years ago, but he seems to be struggling a bit recently. In the game against Lotte on the 7th, I reduced the proportion of sliders and changed the pitching pattern to focus on fastballs. But he didn’t see much effect. This is a sharp contrast to his one-two punch partner Brandon Waddell, who recorded two wins while allowing no runs in two games (12 innings) in October. Even for Doosan, which is fiercely competing for third place, the loss of Alcantara’s pace is a big concern. Concerns grew as Alcantara’s slump coincided with domestic ace Kwak Bin’s joining the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games national team.
Nevertheless, Doosan still believes in Alcantara. This is because he is a pitcher with a fastball in the mid-150 km/h range and a high level of perfection in breaking balls such as sliders and splitters. The control is also top-notch, so it is a card that can be used with confidence in any situation. However, he needs to recover from his recent slump as soon as possible. Moreover, considering the fall baseball stage, where the role of the ace is even more important, Alcantara’s quick recovery to condition is of utmost importance to Doosan.