‘Reverse export myth’ Kelly, will he become a Cy Young pitcher from the KBO League?

Merrill Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks, USA), who was “reverse-exported” to the United States from Korean professional baseball, is a success story after playing four seasons in Korea and moved to the United States. The Cy Young Award for the best pitcher of the year emerging as a promising candidate. Expectations are growing whether the first Cy Young Young pitcher from the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) league can be born.온라인카지노

Merrill Kelly starts and fights against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 20th. / Reuters News 1

Kelly started in an away game against the Milwaukee Brewers (MLB) on the 20th and took the lead in the team’s 9-1 victory by striking out 7 and allowing only 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run in 7 innings. His earned run average dropped from 3.04 to 2.90.

Kelly, who earned his 9th win (3rd loss) of the season with this victory, tied for first place in the MLB National League (NL) with Marcus Stroman (32, Chicago Cubs) and Clayton Kershaw (35, LA Dodgers) as of the 21st. run In addition to this, he ranked 5th in ERA, 6th in innings pitched (90 innings), tied for 7th in strikeouts (96), 2nd in batting average (0.194), and 3rd in WHIP (hits and walks per inning) (1.07). They are at the top of the league in their division. ESPN, an American sports media, ranked Kelly first in the Cy Young Predictor (CYP). He scored the most points in the NL with a CYP of 89.0, beating fellow Jack Gallen (28, 85.1 points). Galen is 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

Meryl Kelly during her professional baseball SK days. / Reporter Song Jeong-heon Sports Chosun

Kelly played four seasons from 2015 to 2018 at SK (now SSG) in Korea after only playing in the minor leagues in the United States. In Korean professional baseball, he went 48-32 with an earned run average of 3.86. The Diamondbacks, who took note of this process, signed Kelly in 2019. Leaving doubts behind whether he could succeed, he surpassed preconceived notions by posting a good record of 13-14 (4.42 earned run average) from his first year in the big leagues. Last year, he showed a more stable appearance with 13 wins and 8 losses and an ERA of 3.37, and this year he is showing more advanced skills. His fastball is average in the major leagues with a speed of 150 km per hour, but he cooks hitters with five sophisticated breaking balls, including changeup, cutter, curveball, sinker, and slider. His ability to freely use all areas of the strike zone has also improved, and in the major leagues, Kelly is compared to Greg Maddux (57), a legendary pitcher known as the “magician of pitching.”

Backed by Kelly’s propaganda, the Diamondbacks are racing to finish first in the NL West (44-30, 0.595 odds), dreaming of ‘fall baseball’. The Diamondbacks haven’t made it to the postseason stage in the past five seasons since 2017, when they entered as a wild card.

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