It seems to keep getting farther away. Now, they are so far ahead that it is difficult to even attach the word rival.
Joon Sohn (kt Wiz) and Lee Min-ho (LG Twins) entered the KBO league door in 2020 as the first nominations side by side. And three years passed.
It is still a young gun with infinite potential for development. However, over the past three years, the evaluation of the two has been vastly different.
The most representative is the national team.
Joon Sohn wore the Taegeuk mark on his chest in his first personal adult national team at the 2023 WBC. On the other hand, Lee Min-ho could not be named.
Looking at the results revealed in the 2022 season, it is worth saying that it is a dojjingaejjin.
So Joon Sohn had 13 wins and 6 losses in 27 games, and Lee Min Ho had 12 wins and 8 losses in 26 games. Apparently, the difference is only 1 win.
However, if you look deeper, there are many differences.
First of all, Joon Sohn threw 171⅓ innings, the most since he joined the pros. That’s an average of 6.3 innings per game. And he made a quality start in 18 games.
This means that if Joon Sohn starts, he will block more than 60% of the pitches with 3 runs in 6 innings. It can be seen that he has done his part as a starting pitcher. The batting average is only 0.243 and the WHIP is 1.15, and above all, the average ERA is 3.05, tied for 4th in most wins, and 10th in this category.
In other words, it is a pitcher among 150 pitchers, including foreign pitchers who have pitched at least once in the 2022 season. He already agrees with the saying that he has risen to an ace level not only in his team but also in the entire KBO league.
Lee Min-ho also evolved one step in the 2022 season. In 2020, his first year as a professional, he only went 4-4 in 20 games, but in 2021 he went 8-9 in 25 games. And in the 2022 season, he started steadily in 26 games and recorded 12 wins and 8 losses. It is a picture that is evolving day by day.
In 2020, after Lim Chan-gyu, he won 10 wins as a domestic starting pitcher for LG in two years, standing tall as the pitcher with the most wins following foreign pitchers Casey Kelly and Adam Plutko. He also set a record for double-digit wins in one season as the youngest pitcher in LG history.
However, the detailed indicators were different from the results revealed on the surface. His earned run average of 5.51 was the highest since his pro debut. Quality starts were only 5 out of 25 games, and there were only 4 scoreless games. His batting average was 0.305 and his WHIP was 1.58.
In particular, Lee Min-ho pitched only one game less than So-Jun Sohn, but the number of innings is nearly 60 fewer. This means that he had to receive a lot of support from the bullpen pitchers.
So Joon So and Lee Min Ho are celebrating their 4th year together. 안전놀이터
This is Joon Sohn, who has matured one step further as a national representative. Lee Min-ho now has to fulfill his role as LG’s most winning domestic pitcher.
Lee Min-ho’s performance is of utmost importance to LG, the team most thirsty for a championship in the KBO League. There is even a story that whether or not to win the 2023 season depends on Lee Min-ho’s shoulders.