As of the 18th, the team’s average ERA of the Hanwha Eagles is 3.82, the lowest team ERA since 2007 (3.54). In particular, the team’s average ERA in May was the only one among 10 clubs with 2 points, which is the first (2.76).
Although the team’s ranking this season remains at 9th, the team’s ERA is 7th. The ranking of 7th may seem bad, but in reality it is not. From 1st to 7th, all team ERA are in the 3-point range, and there is not much difference from SSG (3.27), which is the 1st place. The reason why Hanwha is currently in ninth place in the team rankings is due to poor team batting average (0.228, 10th place), not the mound.
In recent years, Hanwha’s team ERA has been in the upper 4 or 5 range. But this season has improved remarkably. The reason why Hanwha’s mound has improved so much is because of the clear veteran leader named Jung Woo-ram, and the brilliant performance of super rookies such as Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun. And Kim Bum-soo and Park Sang-won, who have been heard every year as promising players, are showing a sense of stability on the mound with a different look.
In particular, Kim Seo-hyun (2.25 ERA, 1 save), Kim Bum-soo (3.86 ERA, 2 holds), and Park Sang-won (1.80 ERA) are guarding the Hanwha bullpen along with Jung Woo-ram (3.00 ERA, 4 holes).
But they all have something in common this season. Like Jung Woo-ram, when he is in set position on the mound, he bends down, gathers his glove forward, and prepares for pitching. Pitchers who used to throw straight up until last year changed to Jung Woo-ram’s set position, and their velocity increased and the ball’s movement improved.
They gather strength and wind up with the center of gravity in front. If you throw with the wrong back, the center of gravity collapses backwards, which can make the ball uneasy, but after changing their set position, they caught the ball.
In the state of gathering strength, the back leg, which holds the center of gravity, is stepping on the foot of the mound to the end, and it is possible to throw more powerfully using long limbs. In the case of Kim Seo-hyun, she subtly adjusts the angle of her arm and changes the movement of the ball. Kim Seo-hyun’s slider has the characteristic of moving like a bell, and by bending her upper body, she created the current unique pitching trajectory. In particular, the high-speed slider that goes into the body of right-handed batters is a powerful pitch that makes batters flinch.
In this way,안전놀이터 Hanwha’s main pitchers are producing great results with subtle changes in set positions learned from Jung Woo-ram. As the bullpen has stabilized, the starting pitchers are also working hard. Starting pitchers such as Pena, Min-jae Jang, Dong-ju Moon, and Min-woo Kim are also doing their part and showing a completely different mound from April.
After the opening of the KBO League, the Eagle Hill, which stayed with a team ERA of 4.36 for a month in April, is enjoying the effect of Jung Woo-ram in May.