KT Park Young-hyun vs. NC Kim Young-gyu, Bullpen Ace Showdown


‘King of Holds’ KT Park Young-hyun vs. ‘Jun-PO MVP’ NC Kim Young-gyu, bullpen ace showdown



Professional baseball team KT Wiz aims to advance to the Korean Series with a well-rested starting lineup.


NC Dinos will face KT in the 2023 Korean Professional Baseball KBO Playoffs (PO) with the power of a batting line that scored 31 points in a total of 4 games, including the wild card game and semi-playoff.


If the strengths of both teams are displayed simultaneously, the winner or loser of the PO in the 3-out-5 series starting on the 30th could be determined by the bullpen fight.


The roles of bullpen aces Park Young-hyun (19, kt) and Kim Young-gyu (23, NC) are just as important. 카지노사이트 추천


Young-Hyun Park pitched well in 4 out of 5 semi-PO games against Kiwoom Heroes last year when he was a rookie, with 1 save, 2 holds, and an ERA of 3.86 (3 hits, 2 runs in 4⅔ innings).


In his second year, Younghyun Park has grown further.


In this year's regular season, Park Young-hyun posted 3 wins, 3 losses, 4 saves, 32 holds, and an ERA of 2.75.


His regular season performance last year was 1 loss, 2 holds, and an earned run average of 3.66.


Park Young-hyun also won his first individual title by ranking first in the 2023 season hold.


He also played an active role in the Hangzhou Asian Games, allowing no runs in 5⅓ innings in 4 games, serving as the nucleus of the Korean bullpen.


Park Young-hyun, a right-handed pitcher, has a better hitting percentage (0.189) against right-handed batters this season, but he also achieved a respectable hitting percentage of 0.263 against left-handed batters by using a changeup that flows outside of left-handed batters.


Park Young-hyun's performance against NC this year is 2 wins, 6 holds, and an average ERA of 0.79 (7 hits, 1 run in 11⅓ innings) in 10 games.


Park Young-hyun defeated right-handed hitter Park Geon-woo with no hits in eight at-bats, and also blocked NC left-handed hitters Son A-seop (no hits in two at-bats), Park Min-woo (1 hit in four at-bats), and Jason Martin (1 hit in five at-bats).


Since he has been on the fall stage for two consecutive years and played a key bullpen role in the Asian Games, he has no fear of short-term games.


Kim Young-gyu, a member of the Hangzhou Asian Games gold medal team, is shining even brighter in this year's postseason.


Left-handed bullpen Kim Young-gyu pitched in both the wild card game against the Doosan Bears and the 1st to 3rd semi-PO games against the SSG Landers and continued his streak of no runs (1 hit in 4⅔ innings).


He also had 2 wins and 2 holds.


In the semi-PO, he pitched well in 3 games, 1 win, 2 holds, and an ERA of 0 (3⅔ innings, 1 hit, no runs), and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP).


Kim Young-gyu, who also pitched a shutout as a starting pitcher in 2019, guarded the mound between starting and bullpen positions, but settled in the bullpen last year.


He posted 2 wins, 4 losses, 24 holds, and an ERA of 3.06 in this year's regular season.


He ranks 3rd in the hold category.


NC coach Kang In-kwon showed his trust in Kim Young-gyu by sending him to every game in the postseason.


Kim Young-gyu struggled against KT this year with 1 loss in 6 games and an ERA of 3.60 (5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs in 5 innings).


Although he gave up one hit each to right-handed hitters Park Byeong-ho, Bae Jeong-dae, Oh Yoon-seok, and Kim Sang-soo (1 hit in 2 at-bats), he is throwing heavier balls than in the regular season in this 'fall baseball'.


Kim Young-gyu predicted a head-on confrontation with KT, saying, “I will be confident and give my all in the PO.”