“His pitches are the same, but batters are hitting them too easily.”
That’s what SSG Landers manager Kim Won-hyung said about Moon Seung-won, 34, who was criticized during the team’s recent two-game losing streak.
Moon made the switch from the bullpen to the starting rotation late last month. His results in three games and 11⅔ innings are shocking. 20 hits (1 home run), 4 walks (1 wild pitch), 7 strikeouts, 15 runs (14 earned), 2 losses without a win. His three-game ERA is 10.86. He did give up an earned run in a multi-inning outing in mid-August, but the results have been less than stellar since the switch. He gave up six runs in the first inning against the Suwon KT Wiz on August 8.
After starting the season in the starting rotation, Moon was moved to the bullpen after the May 2 game against KT, where he spent about three months. In 13 games and 17 innings pitched in June, he posted a 1-0 record, one save, six holds, and a 0.53 ERA. In his first four starts of the season, he was 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA, but in his 38 games out of the bullpen, he was 2-2 with a 1.89 ERA and nine saves.
One of the team’s most dominant starters during his time with the SK Wyverns, Moon switched to SSG only to be lost for the season in June 2021 with an elbow injury that required surgery to remove bone chips. He signed a five-year, 5.5 billion won non-free agent contract after that season. Last year, he came back from the disabled list to start the first half of the season and went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in 24⅔ innings pitched in the regular season, and he also pitched in the Korean Series to help SSG win the wire-to-wire title. As he settled into the bullpen this year, it was expected that his performance would improve after switching to the starting role, but his recent performance has been the opposite.
“My velocity is the same, but I feel like batters are hitting it too easily,” Kim said. In the game on the 8th, most of my pitches went for long balls,” Kim said. “I lowered my arm angle, but I wondered if the ball was going in too flat,” he added. “I recently asked the power analysis team to compare the difference between Seung-won Moon’s performance when he was at his peak and now,” he said, revealing that he will soon start to improve the problem.메이저사이트
As SSG looks toward fall baseball, Seung-won Moon is an all-around pitcher who can be used in both the starting and bullpen. He is categorized as a pitcher who can be used in the short-term based on his experience as well as his excellent fastball. This is even more important for SSG, who have a weakness on the mound compared to the batting lineup. With an urgent overhaul, will Moon be able to regain his former glory?