Ace Ahn Woo-jin scrambles to break Kiwoom Heroes’ losing streak.
An Woo-jin will start in the home 꽁머니사이트 game against the Lotte Giants in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 8th.
Kiwoom has recently fallen into an eight-game losing streak. Until the beginning of July, Kiwoom, who had been fighting for a mid-level ranking by climbing to 5th place, fell to 9th place after repeating a series of losses. Kiwoom (41 wins, 3 draws, 57 losses) is now in danger of falling to the bottom.
Kiwoom, the runner-up in the Korean Series last year, was selected as the team to advance to the postseason for the sixth consecutive year with the KBO’s top batter Lee Jung-hoo and ace Ahn Woo-jin at the forefront.
However, it suffered from the sluggishness of foreign hitter Edison Russell and the release of pitcher Eric Yokishi.
To make matters worse, Lee Jung-hoo, the leading hitter, virtually ended the season due to ankle surgery, and even native ace Choi Won-tae was traded to the LG Twins, further weakening his power.
Kiwoom players are struggling to hold on to hope, but the distance from teams competing in the postseason has grown further.
Kiwoom sets out to escape from a losing streak to restore his honor. The vanguard is Ahn Woo-jin.
Ahn Woo-jin, the best fastball pitcher in the KBO, only posted 7 wins (7 losses with an ERA of 2.48) as his luck did not follow this year. He has 1 win and 3 losses in his last 4 matches.
However, An Woo-jin’s ERA, hit rate, and on-base percentage per inning (WHIP) are the highest in the league.
Ahn Woo-jin struggled with 6 scoreless innings against the LG Twins on the 2nd, but gave up 4 runs in the 7th inning, leaving regret. He could not overcome the pressure of 0-0 and became the losing pitcher.
An Woo-jin pitched in two games against Lotte this year and recorded an ERA of 2.45 with one loss without a win. He did not only win, but effectively blocked the Lotte lineup. He was strong with 4 wins and 2 losses and an ERA of 2.56 in 9 home games.
Lotte starter Charlie Barnes, who opposes this, is stronger than Kiwoom, so the result of the confrontation on this day is more noteworthy.
Barnes appeared in three games against Kiwoom this season and is showing the appearance of a ‘nemesis’ with an average ERA of 1.15 with 2 wins and no losses. Lotte showed an advantage against Kiwoom this year with 5 wins and 3 losses.