Left-handed ace Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA Tigers) and Kim Gwang-hyun (35, SSG Landers), who represent Korean baseball, will face off on the starting mound again after three months.
KIA and SSG, which will face off at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 6th, announced Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun as starting pitchers, respectively.
Born in 1988, the two players are the best left-handed pitchers in Korea. Yang Hyeon-jong has 163 wins (2nd place with the most wins) and Kim Gwang-hyun has 154 wins (4th place), and is still writing a great record.
Now that he is in his mid-30s, he is not as good as he was in his prime, but he is overpowering his opponents with skillful game management derived from experience.
Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun, who had their first matchup in 2007, the first year of joining, have clashed on the starting mound a total of 7 times so far.
The results of the confrontation are tight. In the game they started, the team was ahead with 4 wins and 3 losses.
The most recent confrontation was a game held in Gwangju on May 9, and at that time, Yang Hyeon-jong won a decision victory over Kim Gwang-hyun, who scored 3 runs in 6 innings with no runs in 8 innings. Gyeonggi-do KIA won 3-0.
This match was held again after 8 years since September 26, 2015, and given the age of the two players, there were many prospects that an additional meeting would not be easy.
It was also true that they wanted to avoid each other. Yang Hyeon-jong emphasized the fact that the confrontation with Kim Gwang-hyun was burdensome, and said with a joke, “There won’t be a confrontation like this in the future. I hope we don’t do more.”
However, during the summer rainy season, KIA’s starting rotation was pushed back one day, and the two pitchers met again on this day.
In terms of season performance, Kim Gwang-hyun is slightly better. Kim Gwang-hyun is recording an average ERA of 3.31 in 12 games. The atmosphere is good with two consecutive wins from Changwon NC Dinos on the 23rd of last month to Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 30th.
Yang Hyeon-jong is taking 4 wins and 4 losses with an ERA of 3.92. In the match against the LG Twins in Jamsil on June 30, the previous appearance, he gave up 4 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings, but was unable to win.안전놀이터추천
Kim Gwang-hyun, who is in a relatively good mood recently, is expected to grind his teeth to avenge his defeat in May.
Since the aces are on a sortie, results are important for the team as well.
SSG maintained the lead until mid-June, but recently lost 2 matches against LG and is now down to 2nd place. If Kim Gwang-hyun’s good fight continues, he can ride the upward trend.
KIA’s situation is more urgent. It was once ranked in the top 5, but has recently fallen to 9th due to sluggish performance, and continues to move in the lower ranks.
Only when Ace Yang Hyeon-jong endures can he have a chance to rise to the middle ranks.