KIA Tigers pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong was eliminated after struggling in the second half.
KIA registered pitchers Kim Jae-yeol and Park Jun-pyo instead of canceling Yang Hyeon-jong and pitcher Kim Ki-hoon from the first team ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes game held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 16th.안전놀이터
Yang Hyeon-jong is the first eradication after the opening of this year. He started with the World Baseball Classic (WBC) before the opening and appeared in 19 games of the season, recording 5 wins, 7 losses, 106⅔ innings, 8 home runs, 92 strikeouts and 36 walks with an earned run average of 4.39. There were 6 Quality Starts. Yang Hyeon-jong is scheduled to return to the series next weekend after taking a break.
Yang Hyeon-jong, who joined the KIA in 2007, has consistently maintained the KIA mound by throwing more than 170 innings in 8 consecutive seasons for the first time in KBO history from 2014 to last year. However, this year, perhaps because he was exhausted, he was unable to demonstrate his strength as much as before and was swayed. Especially in the second half, he struggled with 2 losses, 16⅓ innings, 14 runs, and an average ERA of 7.71 in 3 games.
In the match against Kiwoom on the 15th, Yang Hyeon-jong allowed Kim Hye-seong a grand home run and scored 7 runs in 5⅔ innings. The team lost 6-9 after a chase. There are also hidden numbers in the sluggish second half. Yang Hyeon-jong recorded 9 hits and 8 runs in 2 innings against LG on the 8th, but the game was declared a no game in the rain at the end of the 2nd inning.
It did not affect Yang Hyeon-jong’s season record, but it was clear that it was a sign that his condition was not normal. It seems that the KIA coaching staff, who have constantly observed Yang Hyeon-jong’s fatigue, decided that now is the right time for Yang Hyeon-jong to take a break.
With the cancellation of Yang Hyeon-jong, KIA’s starting pitcher’s position against Samsung was vacant on the 20th. KIA is expected to survive the day with Bullpen Day. Yang Hyeon-jong can return to the starting rotation next week on the 25th and 27th against Hanwha.
On the other hand, Kim Ki-hoon, who was canceled along with Yang Hyeon-jong, is expected to have time to reorganize as he has lost points in the last three games in a row. Kim Ki-hoon struck out 26 while pitching 31⅓ innings in 28 games this season, but had difficulty in pitching as he gave up 34 walks (including intentional walks). In the match against Kiwoom on the 15th, Yang Hyeon-jong was saved and pitched, but gave up the victory with 4 hits and 2 runs in 1⅓ innings.
Kim Ki-hoon showed good performance in the bullpen after returning to the team after being discharged as managing director last year, and expectations for this year were high. As he gained starting experience in Sangmu, he was also considered a top 5 starting candidate in spring camp. He pitched as a relief pitcher in all of the first team this season, but started all four games in the second team.