The left-hander is overflowing. But either I’m happy or I’m not. This is because there is a sense of being biased towards the selection side. Kim Gwang-hyeon (35), Kirk McCarty (28), Ennie Romero (32), and Oh Won-seok (22) are all lefties. The bullpen is disappointing. With the enlistment of Kim Taek-hyeong (27), the bullpen became looser. There is a name that comes to mind. This is Kim Tae-hoon (33). As long as this side is resurrected, there is nothing left to worry about.
Kim Taek-hyung played an active role as SSG’s key left-handed bullpen in 2021-2022. He finished the 2021 season with 4 holds and 7 saves and a 2.39 earned run average. He appeared in 59 games and also ate 75.1 innings. In 2022, he went 3-5 with 10 holds and 17 saves in 64 games, 60.1 innings, with an earned run average of 4.92. The average ERA rose significantly, but without Kim Taek-hyung, SSG would not have won the combined championship.
There is no Kim Taek-hyung like this. He finally passed the Sangmu on the 1st of last month. The problem is that there are no clear resources to fill the void. First of all, Ko Hyo-joon’s role is expected to grow, posting 38.2 innings in 45 games last year, 1 win and 7 holds, and an average ERA of 3.72. In addition, there are retired Baek Seung-gun and Kim Joo-han, and left-handed pitchers Lim Jun-seop, Han Doo-sol, and Jung Sung-gon can help the bullpen. 스포츠토토
Another player that comes to mind is Kim Tae-hoon. He played an active part as SSG’s key bullpen. He made 94 innings in 61 games in 2018, 9 wins, 3 losses, 10 holds, and an earned run average of 3.83, and was also the main player in the team’s Korean Series victory. In 2019, he was also good, going 4-5 with 27 holds and 7 saves in 71 games, 69.2 innings, with an earned run average of 3.88.
stalled after that. It was not good with an ERA of 7.40 in 33 games in the 2020 season. All 4 holds. In 2021, he rebounded with 16 holds and an average ERA of 4.97, but he only played 9 games in the 2022 season, leaving regret.
SSG finished sixth in the league with an average ERA of 4.68 in the bullpen in the 2022 season despite winning the combined championship. They have selection and firepower, but the bullpen is their weakness. Among them, the left hand was also regrettable. 2023 should be different. Naturally, Kim Tae-hoon’s role became important.
SSG general manager Kim Seong-yong said, “It is not easy to point out exactly what was the problem last year. He wants to show good form this year. Taehoon Kim himself is passionate about managing his body, including off-season weight management. He seems to know that this year is important too. Lefties in the team, including Kim Tae-hoon, must give strength.”
During the season, when Kim Tae-hoon came up to the first team for a while and then went down, manager Kim Won-hyung said, “You seem to have lost confidence.” Kim Tae-hoon himself seems to be stressed because things are not going the way they were in the best of times. He is preparing for his non-season with all his heart. If Kim Tae-hoon survives, SSG’s second consecutive victory will be closer.