Attention is focusing on whether the KIA Tigers, which have been super-strong in replacing all foreign pitchers following the recruitment of catcher Kim Tae-gun during the season, will be able to make a major counterattack.
KIA recently started trading after its ranking fell to ninth place.
On the 5th, Samsung Lions traded catcher Kim Tae-gun and infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk. He endured bleeding by giving up infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk to strengthen his catcher position, which had been pointed out as a weakness since before the season.
KIA then made a strong move to replace all existing foreign pitchers. On the morning of the 6th, he continued his bold move by announcing official recruitment of new foreign pitcher Mario Sanchez and Thomas Panoni in the afternoon.
Immediately, the trade effect was greatly enjoyed.
Kim Tae-gun, wearing a KIA uniform, wore a catcher mask and played battery with ace Yang Hyun-jong on the 6th to lead the team to victory.
Kim Tae-gun, who supported Yang Hyun-jong’s one run in five innings, showed off his formidable offense by playing two hits and two RBIs in four at-bats at bat. In particular, he hit a timely hit twice against opposing ace Kim Kwang-hyun to lighten Yang Hyun-jong’s shoulders.
In the process of catcher Kim 안전놀이터 Tae-gun coming in to revitalize the team and replacing all foreign pitchers, KIA succeeded in reversing the atmosphere by winning two consecutive games against SSG, the second-ranked team. The fate of the team is now at stake for the two new foreign pitchers It is no exaggeration to say that.
Both the newly recruited Sanchez and Panoni have clear advantages and disadvantages.
Sanchez has been active with 8 wins, 1 loss and a 1.44 ERA in 10 Taiwanese professional baseball games this year. He has no major league career, and in the minor leagues, he has a career record of 44 wins and 33 losses and a 3.94 ERA over 10 years.
Although he has performed well in the Taiwanese league, it is not easy to affirm his success in the higher-quality KBO league.
In the case of Panoni, who was re-signed, he pitched 82.2 innings in 14 games in the KBO League last season, recording 3 wins, 4 losses, and a 2.72 ERA. Despite his consistent ERA, he failed to renew his contract with KIA due to his lack of ability to digest innings.
From KIA’s point of view, it remains to be seen whether the winning move will work, as it will have to bet this season on the performance of two foreign pitchers who are not sure of their success.