“I need to take care of it.” The accumulated number of consecutive throws and multi-innings is over 60 innings at this rate…”Bears Monster Rookie” dilemma that you can’t help but use

May 25, 2024 | by

Doosan Bears’ “Monster Rookie” pitcher Kim Taek-yeon has recently played the most important role in the team’s must-win group. This is because Kim Taek-yeon is the last bullpen pitcher that Doosan’s bench is looking for when the crisis of scoring begins in the sixth inning. Kim’s status has risen to the point where Doosan’s manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “The first pitcher that comes to mind during a crisis.”

Kim was in management mode after not playing more than one inning until the game against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on Apr. 26. He also had only two consecutive throws. However, after throwing 53 pitches in 2.1 innings at the match against Hanwha in Daejeon on May 28, Kim frequently pitched consecutive throws and multiple innings. Kim, who was not afraid to throw three consecutive innings during May 8-10, recorded more than four innings, including multi-innings digestion. Considering the number of pitches he pitched beyond the innings, his dependence on Doosan’s bench on Kim has significantly increased.

Kim Taek-yeon pitched in 23 games (24.1 innings) this season, recording an earned run average of 3.332, 28 strikeouts and 12 walks with WHIP 1.19. In particular, Doosan’s bench seems to have no choice but to use Kim Taek-yeon in the biggest crisis as chances of strikeouts are very high in the crisis of scoring.

The problem is that if Kim Taek-yeon continues to manage innings in this season, the pace of innings in this season will be 65.5 innings. A bullpen session is usually evaluated based on 60 innings in a bullpen session. A total of 21 pitchers passed 60 innings in a bullpen session last year. For Doosan, Kim Myung-shin (79 innings), Jeong Cheol-won (72.2 innings) and Hong Geon-hee (61.2 innings) have passed 60 innings in this season.

The largest number of bullpen innings played by a first-year high school graduate since 2020 was recorded by SSG Landers pitcher Lee Roo-woon in 57.2 innings last year. The next season is Park Young-hyun’s 51.2 innings in the 2022 season. Kim Taek-yeon’s innings in his first year with a high school graduate will also likely be 60 innings.

As Kim Taek-yeon has risen to the team’s key winning group from the beginning of the season, it has become virtually difficult to manage within 40 to 50 innings of the season, when there were talks inside and outside the team. In reality, it is not an easy decision not to take out Kim Taek-yeon’s card in a game where Doosan’s bench is ahead in the team atmosphere running in “Win Now” mode. In the end, the key is how much detail he will manage the mound over consecutive throws and multi-inning digestion rather than the number of appearances and innings.
In fact, Kim Taek-yeon showed somewhat shaky results in the match against KIA in Gwangju on May 24. On the day, Kim took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-0 lead and collapsed with four runs, including a come-from-behind three-run home run. Although Yang Eui-ji and Kim Jae-hwan made consecutive two-run home runs in the top of the ninth inning to achieve dramatic come-from-behind wins, it seems that Kim Taek-yeon, who has taken the mound frequently recently, cannot afford to casually watch his performance on this day.

Therefore, Alcantara, a 20-win foreign player, is pleased to return to the mound. Alcantara will return to the mound on Friday at the Kia Tigers match in Gwangju. His team’s bullpen session, which includes Kim Taek-yeon, is related to the team’s lack of innings digestibility. If the starting pitchers Brandon, Kwak Bin, Choi Won-jun, and Choi Jun-ho stabilize their position, they will be able to manage the bullpen naturally to avoid excessive innings.

Ahead of the match against KIA in Gwangju on May 24, manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “If there is a big win in the course of winning consecutive games, we can save money on joining the must-win group. We are agonizing over preventing overload of pitchers every day. Young pitchers do not have much experience, so they need management to finish a season without injury. That’s why I try to communicate with my players and help them consistently display good pitching.”

On top of that, it will be the icing on the cake if Jung Cheol-won, who was the previous closing pitcher, recovers his original pitching condition. If Jung Cheol-won shares the innings with Kim Taek-yeon, Hong Gun-hee and Choi Ji-gang, it will be a great help to the team’s bullpen management until the second half. Attention is focusing on whether Kim Taek-yeon, who has already established himself as the league’s top setup man, will be able to finish 2024 with less than 60 innings of the season. 메이저놀이터


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