“I have the same thing as my brother”
Ben Verlander, who works as an analyst at ‘FOX Sports’ in the US, is well known as the younger brother of Justin Verlander, the ‘Living Legend’ in the major leagues. According to Japan’s ‘Full Count’, Ben Verlander praised Loki Sasaki, saying, “He has the same thing as Justin (Verlander).”
Justin Verlander made his debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2005 and transferred to the Houston Astros during the 2017 season and has been active so far. Justin Verlander has won Rookie of the Year (2006), 9 All-Stars (2007, 2009–2013, 2018, 2019, 2022), 3 Cy Young Awards (2011, 2019, 2022) and 1 MVP in 17 seasons in the major leagues. (2011), 2 World Series championships (2017, 2022), etc. He is a living legend with a record of 244 wins, 133 losses, and an average ERA of 3.24.
Justin Verlander’s younger brother, 메이저놀이터Ben Verlander, said, “My brother (Justin) has also thrown a fast ball of 102 miles (about 164.2 km) and a good breaking ball since his debut in the major leagues.” raised up
Sasaki achieved a ‘perfect game’ in the confrontation with the Orix Buffaloes at the beginning of last season, and played an active part with an average ERA of 2.02 with 9 wins and 4 losses. And in the evaluation match prior to the World Baseball Classic (WBC), he marked the maximum of 165 km, boarded the Japanese national team, and struck out 8 in 3⅔ innings in 3⅔ innings and gave up 1 run (1 earned),
The good trend continues into the regular season. In the first appearance of the season against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 6th, Sasaki struck out 11 strikeouts in 6 innings and pitched a scoreless pitch. succeeded in obtaining the
Ben Verlander, who has been watching Sasaki’s pitching for a long time, said, “It will take a few more years to post, but Sasaki already has the ability to play in the major leagues. He is a superstar. One of the best pitchers in the world, including throwing 102 mph. He said, “If I stay healthy, I will be able to win 20 wins in the season. And I will be able to win 100 overall.
Sasaki has many similarities with Shohei Otani (LA Angels), such as throwing a fast ball that goes over 100 miles (about 161 km) and using a fork ball that is close to 150 km as his main weapon. Then, when Van Verlander thought, which one would he think was better?
Ben Verlander said, “At this point, Ohtani is a bit older. He is more mature and has more experience. But I think Sasaki will surpass Ohtani someday. I look forward to seeing how he evolves.” . The world seems small,” he added.