Kiwoom Heroes Ace Ahn Woo-jin (24) leads the team to escape from 6 consecutive losses.
An Woo-jin is scheduled to start the second game of the season between teams with Doosan Bears in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 13th. As the game on the 12th was canceled due to fine dust, Jang Jae-young, the 5th starter who was scheduled to start that day, could have taken a day off and play on the 13th, but coach Hong Won-ki Kiwoom chose to replace the starting pitcher.
Looking at the recent trend of Kiwoom, it is a natural choice. Kiwoom recently fell into a five-game losing streak and stayed in 7th place with the KIA Tigers (2 wins and 4 losses) with 3 wins and 6 losses. Until the 5th consecutive loss, I started well at 1st place with a win rate of 0.750 with 3 wins and 1 loss, but it was painful to lose sweepingly in 3 consecutive away matches with the NC Dinos last weekend. Since Ahn Woo-jin, Eric Yokishi, and Ariel Hurado made 1st, 2nd, and 3rd starts, they had to win at least one win, but the atmosphere subsided greatly as they failed to do so.
I don’t doubt An Woo-jin. An Woo-jin pitched in two games this season and made a big success with 13 innings, 24 strikeouts, and an average ERA of 0.69. He recorded quality starts in each game, and showed off his strength by striking out 12 each.
But the victory never came. In the home opener against the Hanwha Eagles on the 1st, he pitched 6 scoreless innings and passed the ball to the bullpen in the 7th inning with a 2-0 lead. .
An Woo-jin once again tried to win the first win of the season against Changwon NC on the 7th, but the batting line that did not explode in the end was savage. An Woo-jin pitched 7 innings and 1 run, but was pushed back by NC starting pitcher Eric Peddy’s 8 scoreless innings. In the end, Kiwoom failed to pick a single point and lost 0-2, and An Woo-jin faced the misfortune of becoming a losing pitcher even after recording a quality start plus. 안전놀이터
Considering only the weight of the starting pitcher, it is highly likely that Kiwoom, with Ahn Woo-jin at the forefront, escaped from a 5-game losing streak. Doosan starting pitcher Kim Dong-joo is evaluated as doing a good job as a replacement for Dylan Pile, the second starter who left due to a bone injury, but is now a rookie pitcher who has just played one game before his debut as a starter. There is a difference from Ahn Woo-jin, who leads Kiwoom as the first starter in the second season. Still, Kim Dong-joo showed his full potential by throwing 6 scoreless innings against Jamsil NC on the 6th.
On the surface, Ahn Woo-jin is Goliath and Kim Dong-ju is David. Will Ahn Woo-jin be able to show the strength of a Goliath, break the team losing streak and win his first individual season?