Five years and ‘130 wins’ later…now we need a ‘winning streak’

Can the Doosan Bears’ Jang Won-jun (38) continue his winning ways?

Jang Won-jun will start the home game against the Hanwha Eagles on June 6 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.

Jang’s last start against the Samsung Lions on March 23 was a big one for him. He didn’t have a stellar outing, giving up four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings, but he got some help from his offense to pick up his first win of the season.

It was Jang’s first win of the season and his 130th career victory. It was his first win in nearly five years, since May 5, 2018, against the LG Twins in Jamsil.

Winning has been a familiar sight for Jang. He made his professional debut in 2004 and consistently won double-digit games, starting with 12 in 2008 and continuing through 2017, with the exception of his time in the police baseball team (2012-2013). But after winning just three games in 2018, he didn’t pick up a win from 2019 through 2021. Despite being called “synonymous with consistency,” he lost his starting spot.

After last season, Doosan considered parting ways with Jang Won-jun. However, new head coach Lee Seung-yeop decided to give Jang one last chance.

With Dylan Pyle, Kwak Bin, and others in the starting lineup, Jang Won-jun was given a chance to start once again. He started his first game in 958 days and went five innings in 1798 days. With the win, Jang became the 11th player in KBO history to reach 130 wins 먹튀검증.

It was a victory that came a long way. “Psychologically, I was chased a lot,” Jang said, “and as I got older, I realized that my old pitching form didn’t fit my body, and I was trying to regain that form, and I lost my balance.”

After the twists and turns, Jang Won-jun, who broke the ‘nine number’, was given another chance as a starter. Kwak Bin was ruled out with back pain, and Dillon has been out again since March 15 with an elbow injury.

Doosan lost two of three to KT Wiz over the weekend. Both Kim Dong-joo and Choi Seung-yong, who were in a five-way battle for the starting job in spring training, failed to perform as expected, while Choi Won-jun, who has been the “homegrown ace,” was also sent down for rebuilding. Doosan is once again in need of Jang Won-jun’s ‘steadiness’.

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