KIA’s natural starting pitcher replacement…’Futures ERA 4.35′ 35-year-old right-hander has another chance

KIA and NC made different choices.

KIA and NC could not play the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season scheduled from 18:30 on the 29th due to rain. This match will be rescheduled after October 10th. On the preliminary day of the schedule announced by the KBO that day, there is no game between the two teams in Gwangju.

KIA and NC made different choices in the game 메이저놀이터 on the 30th. KIA replaces substitute starting pitcher Kim Geon-guk with ace Thomas Panoni. It is possible to pitch on the 30th as Panoni threw at Suwon KT on the 24th. The 29th was the day Eui-ri Lee was selected as a replacement.

However, many opportunities will return to Kim Kon-guk in the future. Lee Eui-ri is scheduled to have a return match against Incheon SSG on the 2nd of next month, but it is expected that a substitute starting pitcher will be needed throughout the rest of the season to fill the void of Mario Sanchez, who needs to be treated for 3 weeks due to elbow pain. Kim Kun-guk is the first in the provisional selection along with Hwang Dong-ha and Kim Jae-yeol.

When the NC game on the 29th was canceled due to rain, coach Kim Jong-guk said of Kim Kon-guk, “I ordered him to be able to block even short innings with the least runs. He has a variety of pitches, some experience, and good commands. He has stable control. He hits strikes easily.” said. 

Panoni is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.90 in 7 games this season. On July 25th, I remember throwing well against NC in Changwon with 5 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk and no runs in 5 innings. He is the ace of the KIA starting team, and his pace is better than his fellow pitchers.

NC pushes Shin Min-hyeok as the starting pitcher for the game on the 30th. Shin Min-hyuk has an average ERA of 4.09 with 4 wins and 5 losses in 20 games this season. On July 25th, it was not bad with 5 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and 3 runs in 5 innings against KIA. In the end, a rematch took place after a month.

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