All three runs were conceded. It is a situation where there are concerns because he is a closer, but the command tower drew the line that it was not a physical condition problem.
Park Sang-won, closer pitcher for the 스포츠토토 Hanwha Eagles, returned from military service as a social worker last year. He established himself as a key member of the bullpen with a fastball that exceeded 150 km, and from this year he took the position of finishing pitcher in earnest. He pitched 47 innings in 39 games, going 5-3 with 10 saves and an earned run average of 2.87.
However, the pace has not been good lately. Park Sang-won harvested a save against the NC Dinos on the 16th, but recorded 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 runs in 1 inning. And he recorded 2 innings, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 run against KT Wiz on the 19th, and 4 hits and 4 runs in 1 inning (no earned run) against Samsung Lions on the 22nd. In the match against Samsung, he had a hard time not receiving defensive help, but in other games he showed uneasiness. He has been sluggish with an ERA of 6.75 in his last three games.
Due to the hot summer weather, he may have lost his stamina. However, director Choi Won-ho had a different idea. Director Choi Won-ho, who met with reporters ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Samsung Lions match held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 24th, said, “I am not tired when I look at the pitch.”
Regarding Park Sang-won’s poor pace, the position is that the psychological problem is bigger than the physical strength. Manager Choi Won-ho said, “Park Sang-won was in charge of the finisher for the first time this year. He will always come up in difficult situations and feel a lot of pressure. I don’t think (the position itself) will be easy. There were times when he came up from a tie and played multiple innings. The ball itself It’s not bad,” he said, covering Park Sang-won.
In the meantime, Hanwha had a hard time finding a clear closer. There was no player to succeed Jung Woo-ram. Considering not only the present but also the future, Hanwha also had to find a closer. In the meantime, Jang Si-hwan and Kang Jae-min have been employed, but they have not been able to maintain their performance consistently.
In the midst of this, Park Sang-won took the position of finishing pitcher. Since Hanwha doesn’t have many winning days, it’s not common for Park Sang-won to pitch. Nevertheless, he boasts a sense of stability on the mound and is active as the ‘Guardian of Eagles’ victory’. Will they be able to find their pace again thanks to the command tower’s trust?