The triple crown-brilliant ace skipped the mound once again. a state of business closure. For the NC Dinos, who have been struggling with native selection all year, there is a lot of regret that there is a clear native ace. Of course, the name that comes to mind is Koo Chang-mo (27).
NC predicted Shin Min-hyuk, a native pitcher, as the starting pitcher in the game against SSG Landers in Game 1 of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ semi-playoff at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd.
Eric Peddy, a top ace who dominated the regular season this year and achieved a triple crown with 20 wins and 209 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.00, failed to take the mound in the first round of the semi-playoff following the first round of the wild card game against Doosan. He was completely excluded from the entry because he could not take the mound in the wild card game, but he was included in the semi-playoff entry.
On the 16th, when he made his last appearance in the regular season, Peddy collapsed as he was hit by Ko Jong-wook’s assault ball in the sixth inning against Gwangju KIA. He swept away his chest as it ended with a bruise on his forearm, but Pedi’s recovery speed was key because it was an injury on the throwing arm and the hit area was near his elbow. At the time of the wild card game, head coach Kang In-kwon said, “I’m better today than yesterday,” and that his condition is improving every day, but it was impossible to take the mound in the first game. 슬롯머신
Peddy and Tanner’s foreign one-two punch stably supported the second half. But the native starters have been troubled all year. In particular, the absence of Koo Chang-mo, who had to play the role of a native ace, is all the more regrettable in the postseason. It is convenient to think that he is a player who does not exist, but the name and existence of Koo Chang-mo cannot help but come to mind.
Koo Chang-mo, who signed a non-FA multi-year contract of up to 13.2 billion won in 6+1 years last winter, ambitiously prepared for the full-time season this season. He also participated in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and played the starting rotation normally for about two months. However, he returned from a break in mid-May, but was diagnosed with fine damage to his forearm flexor muscles against LG on June 2. However, as a result of subsequent re-examination, ulnar fatigue fracture recurred. After that, he rehabilitated for about three months and tried to return in time for the Hangzhou Asian Games, but failed to join the national team. All that was left was to raise the pace at the end of the regular season and return to a solid starting pitcher in the postseason.
However, Koo Chang-mo was found to have a fracture of ulnar fatigue in the match against KIA on September 27, the second game after his return. At the time of surgery in 2021, a plate was inserted into the forearm, and a fracture occurred in the area. The season is out and the postseason is completely gone. I’m currently considering whether to re-surgery
In Game 1, which requires a head start in the postseason series, the most obvious ace failed to take the mound, and the native ace was also out for the season. Shin Min-hyuk was given the heavy responsibility of starting the first game. Shin Min-hyuk had five wins, five losses and a 3.98 ERA in 29 regular-season games (24 starts). He will take a four-day break and take the mound after the match against Gwangju KIA on the 17th, the final game of the regular season. However, he threw 48 pitches in five innings on the day and hit as many as 41 strikes. The last sense was the best.