Unified Winner’s Bokbok, who had won 8 straight starts, has found the answer…”I have a better understanding of myself”
NC Dinos Young Gun Song Myung-ki may have found the answer to NC’s starting woes.
Song Myung-ki started the game against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium in Busan on April 1, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks, one hit batter, and two strikeouts in a quality start that helped the team to a 6-3 victory.
Song relied on 33 fastballs and 25 sliders that reached up to 147 kilometers. He also threw 14 forks and three curves. He pitched economically, needing only 75 pitches. It was Song’s first quality start in about four months after he pitched 6⅓ innings and one run (unearned) against the Changwon Kiwoom on April 9.
Ahead of Game 2, manager Kang Myung-ho said, “Song Myung-ki pitched better than expected yesterday. Yesterday, he utilized his good pitches more than the other days. I’m looking forward to the rest of the games and think positively.” “In the past, I’ve tried to use all my pitches to face hitters, but yesterday I had a high percentage of sliders and fastballs, which are my main pitches. I could see that he had a better understanding of his pitches while facing hitters.”
Of course, Song’s performance could have been a one-off. “There are many things to see in his next outing,” Kang laughed. It’s not enough to instill complete faith in him yet. He’s had his ups and downs.메이저놀이터
However, Song Myung-ki has had his share of highs and lows. During the 2020 unified championship, he won six straight starts in the second half of the regular season. He followed up the regular season title with a victory in the Korean Series, becoming the first pitcher born in the 2000s to win a postseason game.
His regular-season starting streak continued into 2021, when he won eight straight starts. He is tied for third on the franchise’s all-time wins list with aces like Changmo Koo, Drew Ruchinski, and Eric Hacker. But then the slumps became long and the wandering began. Growth stalled.
He’s had several chances to bounce back, but hasn’t been able to do so consistently. Now he knows how he needs to pitch. He’s been working on himself a lot, so we’ll see if this quality start can be the start of a rebound.