‘Unlucky Ace’ Ahn Woo-jin finally takes a tempo break…”I’m having an unusually hard time”

August 9, 2023 0 Comments

Hapless ace Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin, 24, has been dropped from the first team roster.

Ahn was demoted to the second team ahead of the team’s game against Lotte at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Sept. 9. In his place, outfielder Lim Byung-wook was named to the first team.

Ahn allowed one run (unearned) on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 5.2 innings against Lotte the previous day. He is 7-7 with a 2.37 ERA in 21 games this season. He has 13 quality starts in 21 games and has kept his ERA under two, but the wins have been hard to come by.

Last season, Ahn won the division title with 15 wins (8 losses) and a 2.11 ERA, but he hasn’t been as lucky this year. The team is stuck in ninth place.

“I made the decision because Ahn Woo-jin’s physical condition was not very good,” said Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki, reflecting on the previous day’s game, “Ahn Woo-jin seemed to be struggling unusually, giving up walks from the beginning.”

Ahn is the pitcher with the most innings in the league. She has thrown 132.2 innings. He also leads the league in strikeouts with 157, a far cry from second-place NC Eric Peddy (128).토토사이트

However, it seems that the high number of innings he has pitched has led to fatigue. “No matter how urgent it was, I couldn’t let it go on like this,” Hong said, “I was afraid it would cause more problems.”

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