LG Opening 2nd Starter’ Kim Yun-sik, the first start left a regret
“The second starting pitcher in the opening series is Kim Yun-shik.”
Kim Yun-sik (22), who was unofficially appointed as the second starting pitcher for the LG Twins’ opening two-game series, left a disappointment in his first start.
Kim Yun-sik started the 2023 season KBO league demonstration game against Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 26th and recorded 3 runs (1 earned) with 5 hits and 2 strikeouts in 3 innings and became a losing pitcher.
This was the second demonstration game played in Korea after Kim Yun-shik was called off from the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. At the same time, Kim Yun-sik, who left some regrets in his first start, showed that he still needs time to find a normal pitch.
Kim Yun-sik came out as a relief against KIA on the 21st, his first appearance in the demonstration game, and pitched smoothly with 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and no runs in 1.1 innings.
However, his first start was not very good.
On this day, Kim Yun-sik’s total number of pitches was 43. His highest fastball velocity was 143 km, and the average was 141 km. The problem is that the ratio of strikes to balls was 7:6, so there was no big difference. In addition to this, Kim Yun-sik threw a mix of changeup (14 pitches), curve (10 pitches), and slider (6 pitches), and the ratio of fastballs to balls was high.
In addition to the revealed strike and ball ratio, Kim Yun-shik’s pitching that day was not very good at the detailed breaking ball. In particular, the movement and control of the changeup, which was Kim Yun-sik’s main weapon last year, was not as good as the time when it was good.
There was a defensive error in the 3rd inning and only 1 earned run out of 3 runs, but it was regrettable that both pitch and pitch were not in normal condition.
Kim Yun-shik struck out Lim Ji-yeol after being hit by Kim Hye-seong, the lead batter in the bottom of the first inning. However, he got an extra hit from Lee Jeong-hoo and was forced to the 1st and 3rd base crisis. After that, he allowed Edison Russell a center fielder sacrifice fly to give him the first run.
In the bottom of the second inning, Kim Yun-sik, who started with Kim Hui-jip as shortstop grounder, gave another heavy hit to follow-up hitter Kim Kun-hee. However, he later finished the inning with catcher grounder Kim Dong-heon and Kim Jun-wan grounder shortstop.
The saddest scene came in episode 3. Kim Yun-sik returned to batting order and pulled out an ordinary first baseman grounder to Kim Hye-seong. However, after first baseman Kim Hyeon-soo made a runner on base due to a catcher’s mistake, follow-up hitter Lim Ji-yeol hit an RBI double to the left side of the left fielder.
Kim Yun-sik, who allowed follow-up hitter Lee Jeong-hoo to score a heavy hit, fortunately treated Russell as a shortstop double hit and eliminated two out counts. Afterwards, he treated Hyung-jong Lee with a catcher strike not out and did not allow any additional runs.
Kim Yun-shik plans to throw around 70 pitches in the next appearance. As for the mounding game, it is highly likely that Kim Yun-sik’s next pitching will be the 2nd game of the 2nd consecutive opening game against kt wiz, which will be held on April 2nd.
Prior to the game, Yeom Gyeong-yeop, LG Twins coach, said,안전놀이터 “The second starting pitcher in the opening is Kim Yun-shik. He said, “I decided to put him in the rotation according to the order.”