‘ERA 10.38’ KBO reverse export myth… Also excluded from rotation.￼
The sluggishness of Chris Flexen (29, Seattle Mariners), who was trying to write a myth of reverse export of foreign players from the KBO League, is not unusual.
Flexen was scheduled to start the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 30th (Korean time), but gave up his seat to Young-gun Easton McGee (26). There was no news of any injuries. The US local media are responding that it is only natural that Flexen, who had been sluggish, would be excluded from the starting rotation.
Flexen started this season in the bullpen, but was left empty after second starter Robbie Ray was out for the season due to left arm flexor surgery. Since he was the most proven pitcher among the six starting pitchers, it was only natural that Flexen would be given priority.
However, the results were below expectations. Flexen suffered only 4 losses in the 4 games he started this year, pitching 17⅓ innings and posting an ERA of 10.38. He had a very high batting average of 0.355 and a WHIP (on-base per inning) of 2.02. 먹튀검증
The American sports media ‘The Athletic’ predicted early on that Flexen would be excluded from the starting rotation prior to the game. The media asked, ‘Is it time to take Flexen out of the starting rotation? Flexen’s fastball (hit rate 0.345) and cutter (hit rate 0.421) are both being hit by batters, and he allowed 5 home runs,’ he pointed out.
“We’re hoping he’s back on the right track,” Seattle manager Scott Service said. . We need the flexen that throws like before,” he said, somewhat predicting the starting replacement.
Flexen played 21 games, 8 wins and 4 losses, 116 ⅔ innings, 132 strikeouts, and an average ERA of 3.01 with the Doosan Bears in 2020, after which he signed a contract with Seattle in 2021 and began to establish himself in the major leagues in earnest. He made a big success in 2021 with 14 wins and 6 losses in 31 games, 179⅔ innings, and an average ERA of 3.61.
The past is the past, and Flexen is currently making unbearable results not only in the starting rotation but also on the major league mound. Seattle eventually made the decision to send Young-gun McGee to Toronto. It seems that Flexen will spend time adjusting while waiting in the bullpen for the time being.