NC Taylor Widener has been hot and cold.
In his KBO debut against Dusan on March 30, Widener pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine and walking none, using a fastball that reached up to 151 kilometers per hour.
However, it was a 180-degree turnaround against Samsung Electronics in Daegu on June 6. He gave up nine runs on nine hits in 4⅔ innings with four walks and four strikeouts. His first loss of the season. His fastball was only 148 kilometers.
Manager Kang Myung-ho said before the game against Samsung in Daegu on the 7th, “It was a big difference from my first start. I panicked in the first inning. My fastball speed was less than in my first appearance. Above all, the percentage of fastball strikes dropped dramatically, and the difference between strikes and balls was huge.”
There were concerns that the decline in his fastball might indicate a problem with his physical condition, but Kang said, “There is nothing wrong with my body.”
Left-hander Jung Goo-beom, the second pitcher after Widener, pitched 1⅓ innings with two strikeouts and no walks.
“He pitched as well as we expected him to,” Kang said. He gave up a run, but his fastball speed was good and his ability to run the game stood out at his young age. The way he struck out the batters was also impressive.”
He was also pleased with his curveball, saying, “I didn’t use it much before, but this time I used it as a deciding pitch after two strikes.”
“I’m thinking of using it as a substitute starter if there is a gap in the starting lineup,” he said of his future plans.
Meanwhile, NC’s batting order is right fielder Son Ah-seop, second baseman Seo Ho-cheol, center fielder Park Gun-woo, left fielder Kwon Hee-dong, designated hitter Jason Martin, third baseman Park Seok-min, catcher Park Se-hyuk, shortstop Kim Joo-won and first baseman Do Tae-hoon. 메이저사이트