Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA Tigers) had a bad relationship with ‘Rain’ at the beginning of this year’s season. Mounding games are often canceled due to rain, and both games scheduled for May were postponed due to rain.
The match between Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA and NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held on the 5th at Changwon NC Park in Gyeongnam was canceled due to the influence of rain clouds covering the country. Yang Hyeon-jong, who was announced as the starting pitcher that day, unfortunately had to promise the next appearance.
Yang Hyeon-jong was unable to start for two consecutive days. He planned to start against the Lotte Giants in Gwangju on the 4th, but the game was canceled due to wet ground conditions and he could not get on the mound.
Because of the rain, Yang Hyeon-jong’s climbing schedule is twisted. The last game Yang Hyeon-jong played was against the LG Twins in Jamsil on April 28, and it has been a week.
Even if the Changwon NC game on the 6th is played normally, Yang Hyeon-jong does not climb the mound. Shawn Anderson will start this game ㅋㅋㅋ벳.
It is not only in May that the game in which Yang Hyeon-jong will be pitching did not proceed normally due to rain. It was a mess from his first sortie of the season. Yang Hyeon-jong was originally scheduled to play the first game of the season against Suwon KT Wiz on April 5, but the game was canceled due to rain.
A day later, the game was declared a play ball, and Yang Hyun-jong also blocked his first inning with two strikeouts and no runs. However, the game was stopped after the end of the second inning, and as the rain became thicker, a no game was declared in the rain.
Yang Hyeon-jong played his first game of the season belatedly on April 11 against the Hanwha Eagles in Gwangju, and since then he has not skipped rotation every 5-6 days. On April 22, against the Gwangju Samsung Lions, he also achieved 160 wins for the third time in his career.
Yang Hyeon-jong played an active role as a ‘local ace’ of the Tiger Corps with an average ERA of 2.63 with 1 win in 4 games in April. However, as the game was canceled again from his first appearance in May, he was not given an opportunity to fully demonstrate his skills.
This season, KIA canceled a total of 5 games, including the 5th game. Four of them were games in which Yang Hyeon-jong was announced as the starting pitcher.
Coincidentally, as it rained every game Yang Hyeon-jong took the mound, his number of sorties was small even within the team. Anderson and Euri Lee played 6 games each, and Adonis Medina also pitched 5 games. High school rookie Yun Young-cheol, like Yang Hyeon-jong, only played 4 games, but his KBO league debut was against Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on April 15, and his start was delayed.