‘Overwhelmingly first choice’ expectations defied by two-pitch limitations? Gwangju Thor must not fall by the wayside

카지노 The biggest problem for the KIA Tigers this season has been the starting pitching staff, especially the underwhelming performance of the foreign pitching duo, who are expected to deliver steady innings and dominate opponents.

Already, one of the foreign pitchers, Adonis Medina, is effectively on his way out. In 12 appearances this season, Medina is 2-6 with a 6.05 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 29 walks, and a 1.60 WHIP. In those 12 appearances, he had only three quality starts. The KIA bench’s patience with Medina, who hasn’t been able to overcome his nagging velocity issues, has also finally run out.

On 22 June, KIA removed Medina from the first team roster. The team has already begun its search for a replacement foreign pitcher, with general manager Shim Jae-hak travelling to the United States to keep a close eye on the foreign market.The team has put Thomas Pannoni, who played for the team last year, on its shortlist. The designation was made after his recent call-up to the Major League Baseball. However, the team turned its attention to Taiwan first rather than Panoni, whose future is unclear.

According to local reports on 2 July, Kia was interested in signing Mario Sanchez from the Tung Yi Lions of the Chinese Baseball Professional League (CBPL). The official Twitter account of the CPBL Stags said on 2 July that KIA has signed Mario Sanchez, who played for the CPBL Tung Yi Lions.

A KIA representative said, “Mario Sanchez is one of the candidates for signing. However, the contract has not been finalised yet.”

Mario Sanchez is a right-handed pitcher from Venezuela, born in 1994, with a height of 185cm and weight of 75kg. In the 2023 season for the Tung Yi Lions, he went 8-1 in 10 games (9 starts) with a 1.44 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 11 walks. If Mario Sanchez joins the team, it will go a long way to stabilising the starting rotation.In fact, not only Medina, but another foreign pitcher, Shawn Anderson, continues to show elusive form. Anderson has appeared in 14 games (79 innings) this season, posting a 4-7 record with a 3.76 ERA, 74 strikeouts, 26 walks and a 1.29 WHIP. He has eight quality starts.

Anderson has pitched much better in his four starts since returning from his stint with the Future Team. He has pitched three consecutive quality starts.

However, what the Kia organization is looking for from Anderson is more of a “dominant number one starter.” If you look at the details of his pitches, not just the results, it’s hard to say that Anderson has been pitching like a “league ace”.

Anderson is a “two-pitch” pitcher with a fastball and slider. His occasional curveball and changeup are not used as meaningful pitches. His changeup isn’t sharp enough to be used as a breaking ball, so it often gets caught on the bat in the so-called “one-timing”. In Sunday’s game, it was a slider with a high pitch that gave Kim Hyun-soo a single and Park Dong-won a home run.

The fact that his fastball and slider don’t sit low is another reason why Anderson is struggling. This is because his primary command is in the high zone, which increases his chances of hitting long balls. In many ways, Anderson’s pitching style makes him more difficult to manage as the innings progress.

The worst-case scenario for KIA is that Anderson becomes a neither-a-doer nor a-do-nothing, as they are currently struggling to find a foreign pitcher to replace Medina. In the end, the ‘Gwangju Thor’ will need to show the dominant No. 1 pitching that was originally expected of him in order to rebound in the second half of the season. It will be interesting to see if Anderson can shake off his two-pitch limitations and command issues and rebound with a new foreign pitcher.

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