KIA 150km fireballer Lee Yi-ri (21) complained of shoulder discomfort after his velocity dropped in the third inning against Suwon KT on August 22, giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Fortunately, a hospital cross-check revealed no medical abnormalities.
However, he returned to the field after skipping one start, and his flow is not good. On the 3rd, he gave up four runs on four hits (two home runs) in three innings with four strikeouts and three walks against SSG in Incheon. In the second game of the Gwangju LG doubleheader on the 9th, he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 4⅓ innings. In two games, he is 1-0 with an 8.59 ERA.
Neither game was a blowout. In Game 9, he was forced to leave the mound due to a callus on his right index finger. In fact, both games could have been avoided with an extra inning or two. Four runs in five or six innings isn’t too bad.
However, it’s Sasaguro that stands out. Two games, 7⅓ innings, 8 pitches. Lee has 79 strikeouts this season, the most in the league. However, his strikeout totals dropped to 5 in 11 innings in July and 9 in 21 innings in August. His quality starts in the second half of the season were due to the fact that he was able to go a lot of innings with fewer pitches.
However, after Lee skipped a rotation due to shoulder pain, the pitch count increased slightly again. In the 9th game alone, he threw 85 pitches in 4⅓ innings, so he was on pace to reach 100 pitches in 5 innings. There was a good chance I wouldn’t make it to the mound in the sixth inning anyway.
The calluses don’t seem to be a big deal. The question is whether Lee will be able to get his velocity back up before the Asian Games. While it’s good to know that his shoulder isn’t hurting, the national coaching staff will have their work cut out for them. As a left-handed fireballer, Lee has a lot of value to the national team.토토사이트
It’s also a concern for KIA, who will have to use him for a while. Not only is Lee’s performance important for KIA right now, but he will also be essential in the postseason after the Asian Games. Lee is expected to play against Doosan in Gwangju on the 15th and Hanwha in Daejeon on the 21st. These two games will be crucial.