‘Glasses Ace’ Park Se-woong returns with ERA 1.99 in May
As recently as April, Park’s record was 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA. There were a lot of labels attached to him, including WBC hangover. However, in May, he pitched well enough to erase those labels.
On May 25, Park started the sixth game of the season against NC at Sajik Stadium in Busan and pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, walking one and striking out eight to lead the team to an 11-1 victory.
Park, who looked to be in peak form as he struck out three in the second inning, gave up a leadoff single to Do Tae-hoon in the top of the third. However, he struck out Son Ah-seob to end the inning without allowing a run.
While Park pitched well through the third inning, the Lotte bats took the pressure off of him early by scoring eight runs in the third inning.
After retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings, Park allowed Son to reach base on an 11-pitch walk to shortstop Noh Jin-hyuk in the top of the sixth. He then gave up a single to right to Park Min-woo, putting runners on first and second.
The man to beat in the clutch was Park Gun-woo. Park had been hitting well, with five consecutive multi-hit games. However, a grounder to shortstop kept him out of trouble.
In the seventh, he gave up an eight-pitch walk to Ahn Jung-yeol with two outs, but struck out Seo Ho-chul to end the inning.
After throwing 105 pitches in the seventh inning, Park ended his duties as a starter in the eighth when he was replaced by Choi Yi-jun. Choi Yi-jun (one run) and Shin Jeong-rak (no runs) followed with one inning each to preserve Park’s victory.
After the game, Park said, “The team needed a win. Fortunately, I was able to get the win, so it felt good. Most importantly, I pitched my longest inning of the season and recorded the least amount of hits and walks, so I think it was a good day.”
Especially in May, he was back to the spectacles ace we knew. In May alone, he rebounded to go 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts.메이저사이트
In fact, in April, his ERA (5.12) was relatively high, along with his FIP (1.97), BABIP (0.361), and OPS (0.921). However, in May, his ERA (1.99), FIP (1.37), BABIP (0.224), and OPS (0.578) improved significantly.
“It’s not that my power has gone down. However, my balance was off a lot, so I worked on myself and got help from my coaches, and I think it had a big impact on getting back on track,” he said.
Finally, he thanked the fans, saying, “I think the fans are coming to the ballpark a lot because the team is playing in a good mood. We are so grateful. To respond to this, this year, we will prepare well to go beyond fall baseball to the Korean Series, and we will show a good appearance.”