“I want to make 15 quality starts (QS) and go to the Asian Games.”온라인카지노
Samsung’s ‘homegrown ace’ Won Tae-in (23) is aiming for a ‘career high’. QS is it. The most in a single season for an individual. He will be competing at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. “I want to do as much as I can before I go. It looks like it’s possible.
Won has a 4-5 record with a 3.15 ERA in 16 games and 97 innings pitched this season. He hasn’t had a lot of luck, but the numbers are good.
It’s been a bumpy start to the season. There was the aftermath of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). In five games in April, I went 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA. He had two QS.
He started to find his groove in May. He went 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA in four games in May. He had a big outing against Doosan on 23 May, giving up six runs in 4.2 innings, but his other three outings were three runs in six innings, one run in six innings, and six scoreless innings.
Samsung’s Won Tae-in pitches against KT in the 2023 KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on 22 May. Photo courtesy of Samsung Lions
In June, he was in full “ace mode. He posted a 1.73 ERA in four games in June and a 1.93 ERA in three games in July. Six of those seven games were QS. There are also two Quality Start Plus (QS+) games.
His worst outing came on 9 June at home against Lotte, when he gave up four runs (one earned) in five innings. On 27 June, he pitched eight innings of two-run ball against Sajik Lotte.
He has accumulated 11 QS this season, which is already the same number as last year. In 2022, he had 11 in 27 games, but this year he has 11 in 16 games. Eight consecutive games of two earned runs or less are a bonus.
His previous career high was 16 QS in 2021, when he went 14-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 games and 158.2 innings pitched. It was by far his best year since joining the team.
This year, he’s capable of even more. The pace is good. A double-digit ERA in his debut, along with the most QS in his career, is not out of the question.
Samsung’s Won Tae-in throws hard during his start against KT in the 2023 KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on 22 April. Photo courtesy of Samsung Lions
“Individual victories are not something I can control,” Won said. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but I’d rather have the team win than my own record. Instead, I want to win as many QSs as possible, which is what I need most as a starting pitcher,” he emphasised.
“I’m going to the Asian Games in September. I’m going to the Asian Games in September and I’m going to pitch my best. I want to make 15 QS before I go, and 16 is the best, but I want to go beyond that.”
The national team will be called up around 20 September. If he doesn’t skip the rotation, he could make nine or 10 more appearances before the national team. Fifteen QS is a good number for a half-decent batting average. If he has time to spare, he might even make the most QS before heading to Hangzhou.
Samsung’s irreplaceable homegrown ace. While the team is having a tough time, Won Tae-in is holding his own. It’s unfortunate that the wins aren’t following suit, but there’s no doubt that Won’s presence will help Samsung rebound.