KT Wiz sidearm pitcher Go Young-pyo (32) is achieving good results with 12 wins and 7 losses and an earned run average (ERA) of 2.81 in 27 games (26 starts) in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’. In the quality start (QS, pitching of 3 earned runs or less over 6 innings as a starter), he ranked 21st, tied for first place with Doosan Bears foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara. Ko Young-pyo is the first pitcher to achieve more than 20 QS in three consecutive seasons since QS was officially calculated in the KBO League. Having achieved 20 QS, which was his first goal this season, he is working towards another goal. ‘Fall baseball’ and ‘Less than 1 walk per 9 innings’.
As of the 26th, Go Young-pyo is recording 1.01 walks per 9 innings. By August, he was only at 0.77, but in September, as he experienced some physical ups and downs, his walks increased. He, who has a style of reducing the number of pitches through aggressive pitching, also lost some pace toward the end of the long race. Still, he is determined to get his walks back to less than 1 per 9 innings through pitching in the remaining games.
Another thing is postseason performance. Ko Young-pyo changed his position from starting pitcher to bullpen pitcher during the Korean Series with Doosan in the 2021 season, in which KT won the overall championship. He appeared in relief in 3 games and recorded 2 holds, contributing to KT’s 4-game winning streak, but he personally felt quite a bit disappointed as he had been a part of the starting rotation throughout the season먹튀검증. Last year, he started in the semi-playoffs with Kiwoom Heroes, but the results were not good. He gave up 6 hits, including 1 home run, and was forced to leave the mound early after allowing 5 runs (4 earned runs) in 2.1 innings, taking the loss as is. For that reason, I have a strong will to demonstrate my ability as an ‘inning eater’ in fall baseball this year as well.
Ko Young-pyo said, “It is an honor to become the first pitcher in the league to make more than 20 QS in three consecutive seasons. He is proud of the fact that he has fulfilled his role as a starting pitcher. He said, “It is important to give up 3 earned runs or less, but it is meaningful in that he increased the team’s chances of winning by consistently throwing 6 or more innings.” He continued, “As fall came, I lost some of my stamina, but I am gaining strength again. He emphasized, “We need to prepare more to show good performance not only in the remaining games but also in fall baseball.”
Attention is being paid to whether Go Young-pyo, who achieved one of his three goals early, will be able to achieve everything he wants this fall, unlike in the past.