Ace of the Hero Corps who needs a break… ‘#1 pitcher this season’ An Woo-jin, 1st team entry canceled
‘Ace’ Woo-jin Ahn, who occupies a large part in the power of Kiwoom Heroes, has departed from the battle line.
Kiwoom made changes to the first team entry ahead of the home game against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 9th. Outfielder Lim Byung-wook was called up, and pitcher An Woo-jin and outfielder Park Chan-hyuk headed to the second team.
As expected, the name that stands out the most is Ahn Woo-jin. He recorded 5⅔ innings, 4 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run (visa book) against Lotte the day before, and finished the game without a win or loss. It is the first time in about a month since Ahn Woo-jin failed to complete 6 innings against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on June 28 (5⅓ innings).
On the surface, there was nothing wrong with it, but Bench had a different idea. Hong Won-ki, coach of Kiwoom, looked back on An Woo-jin’s pitching ahead of the game, saying, “In the beginning, as the number of pitches increased, I made uncomfortable movements, and it felt strange to see him throw a ball I hadn’t seen before.”
He said, “After giving Kim Min-seok a hit in the 2nd in the beginning of the 6th inning, I thought about (whether to replace it), but I made a difficult decision because I thought there would be a big problem if I dragged An Woo-jin further.” He explained An Woo-jin’s physical condition.
Although there is not a problem in a specific part, Ahn Woo-jin was erased for protection.
Last year was the first time that Ahn Woo-jin, who debuted in the first team in 2018, digested the starting rotation full-time. Woo-jin Ahn broke the record for the most strikeouts in a single season by a domestic pitcher, with an average ERA of 2.11, 15 wins and 8 losses in 30 games and 196 innings that year.먹튀검증
An Woo-jin recorded 7 wins and 7 losses with an ERA of 2.37 in 21 games and 132⅔ innings this season, and has been digesting many innings since the beginning of the season. In particular, he tried to fulfill his responsibility as an ‘ace’ to the extent of digesting more than 5 innings of each game.
If you look at it differently, the burden Ahn Woo-jin shouldered was also great. He digested 2088 pitches from the start of this season until the 8th game, recording the highest number of pitches among all pitchers in the league. There are bound to be voices of concern about overload.
Currently, Kiwoom is on a 9-game losing streak, and if they give up until the 9th game, they will fall into the pit of the most consecutive losses since the club was founded. Fall baseball, as well as advancing to the postseason, are uncertain. However, from a long-term perspective, Kiwoom couldn’t just watch Ace, who showed an unusual appearance. Kiwoom just wants Ace to return to the first team in good health.
Meanwhile, in addition to Ahn Woo-jin and Park Chan-hyuk, Samsung Lions Choi Chae-heung, NC Dinos Noh Si-hoon, and LG Twins Son Ho-young went down to the second group. Along with Lim Byung-wook, Samsung Kim Seo-jun, NC Choi Seong-young, and LG Kim Min-seong were registered for the first team entry.