A variable that emerged at the end of the season. The waves are not too strong.
Attention is focused on the reorganization and management of the KIA Tigers starting lineup. With foreign pitcher Mario Sanchez (29) undergoing three weeks of rehabilitation due to an injury, the mound calculation method for the remaining 40 games has become complicated.
On the surface, it seems to have room. Yang Hyeon-jong (35), Lee Eui-ri (21), Yoon Young-chul (19), and Thomas Panoni (29) are among the four available starting pitchers, including Kim Kon-guk (35), Kim Jae-yeol (27), and Hwang Dong-ha (21), who are classified as alternative starting resources. However, Eui-ri Lee has to join the Hangzhou Asian Games team scheduled to convene on the 22nd of next month. Considering the build-up process even after Sanchez undergoes three weeks of rehabilitation, a one-month absence is inevitable. KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “Sanchez will return around the time Choi Seon-eun Lee Eui-ri joins the Asian Games,” but whether it will be realized is in the fog.
There is also another concern. It is whether the new pitcher Yoon Young-chul, who made his debut this year, will be managed.안전놀이터
Yoon Young-chul played 93 innings in 19 games (7 wins and 5 losses, an average ERA of 4.06) until the 29th. The KIA has been focusing on controlling the number of innings for Yoon Young-chul. As a rookie pitcher who just debuted on the pro stage, they agreed that management is essential for gradual growth. Yoon Young-cheol had the maximum number of innings in 6 innings in 18 games, excluding the SSG match on June 6 (7 innings, 2 runs).
Even if he fills the starting hole created by the departure of Sanchez with a replacement starter, it is difficult to expect long innings. As the bullpen burden increases, it is KIA that the starting pitcher’s digestion of innings has become just as important. Naturally, Yun Young-chul is also affected by the situation.
With 40 games left in the regular season, Yoon Young-chul is expected to have 7-8 starting opportunities. Assuming that the KIA keeps the stance of entrusting 5-6 innings to Yoon Young-cheol as it is now, a simple calculation is expected to add about 40-48 more innings. If this happens, the total number of accumulated innings this season is expected to form between 130 and 140 innings. This is more than Eui-ri Lee (100 innings in 21 games), who won the rookie of the year in the 2021 season.
Regarding Yoon Young-cheol’s season completion and management, coach Kim replied, “I’m trying to control the number of innings.” He said, “It should be adjusted to some extent, but it should not be too much,” and “I plan to hit about 5 to 6 innings.”
Yoon Young-cheol took a break for 10 days after the first team was canceled on June 18 and returned to the first team to finish the first half. After the opening of the second half, he stayed with the Futures (second team) for a week and joined after a readjustment and rest period. Even in the fierce competition for the top 5, KIA is clearly continuing Yoon Young-chul’s schedule-innings management plan.