Was 53 wins in the KBO a mirage? 35 years old, 10.6 billion won right-hander, shabby 148km ERA 8.16
- on May 11, 2023
Was 53 wins in the KBO league a mirage? Drew Luchinski (35, Oakland Athletics) is broken in the major leagues.
On the 10th (hereinafter Korean time), Luchinski started in an away game against the New York Yankees in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, with 6 hits (1 home run), 2 strikeouts, 3 walks and 7 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings. I lost season 3.
In the 2022-2023 offseason, Luchinski signed a 1+1 year contract with Oakland for up to $8 million (approximately 10.6 billion won). He made a major league comeback after 5 years with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014-2015, the Minnesota Twins in 2017, and the Miami Marlins in 2018.
But the condition is not very good. A hamstring injury at the beginning of the season disrupted his condition management. On April 29, the official return against the Cincinnati Reds was sluggish with 11 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 walk and 5 runs (3 earned) in 5⅔ innings. The match against the Seattle Mariners on the 5th was also not good. He collapsed again with 4 hits, 3 strikeouts, 5 walks and 5 runs in 3⅔ innings.
NC coach Kang In-kwon, whom I met in Changwon on the 6th and 7th, was also worried about Luchinski. He was concerned about the lack of restraint. Luchinski’s speed was not normal that day either. In the bottom of the first inning, the lead batter Anthony Wolf was hit with a 4-ball sinker 91.7 miles (approximately 147.6 km) at the ball count 1B2S, which was the highest speed. After that, there were hardly any balls that exceeded 90 miles while digesting up to 5 times.
According to the baseball statistics site Statties, Luchinski’s average fastball velocity in NC last year was 149.1 km. This means that the current maximum velocity in each game is not even the average velocity last year. It is unknown whether the build-up is delayed due to a hamstring injury and is not in normal condition, or if there is another story.
Speed isn’t everything. Luczynski has a variety of pitches and commands. However, the Major League is different from the KBO League. Hitters who have adapted to a 95-100 mph fastball can easily hit Luchinski’s ball in the late 80s. Even on this day, the Yankees easily divided the game by concentrating on 5 points from the 1st and 2nd base chances without a hit from Luchinski’s walk in the 3rd inning.
In the 3rd inning, Luchinski suddenly shook a lot, such as the sudden widening of the pitched bullets. He gave up points by overlapping fielder errors, and when Anthony Rizzo and Glaber Torres hit, all fastballs went into the middle. For Luchinski, it was fortunate that there was no home run. He tripped in the fourth inning, but threw a sinker at Torres in the fifth and was hit by a left-handed two-run gun. He pushed well towards the body, but Torres hit well.스포츠토토
3 losses in 3 games, ERA 8.16. He’s had every starting pitching opportunity, but it’s not at all odd that he’s not guaranteed the next start as he stands. Considering the case of Shintaro Fujinami, who has already been eliminated from the starting lineup, Luchinski should be nervous.