I’ll cool you down, hot tiger

Ryu Hyun-jin (37) of the Hanwha Eagles last month aimed to complete his entire career. After returning to the KBO league for the first time in 12 years, Ryu struggled in the early days of the season’s opening. In the game against Kiwoom in Gocheok on April 5, he allowed the most nine runs in a single game, and his earned run average soared to 8.36. Ryu, who pitched well in six innings of two runs (one earned run) against SSG in Daejeon on April 30, expressed his commitment, saying, “I think I will have to make up for what I forgot in April.”여우알바

Ryu kept what he said. Except for slowing down after allowing five runs in five innings at the match against Lotte in Busan on May 8, his first game in May, he had one win and an earned run average of 1.59 in the remaining three games. His performance continued into June. “I only have to go up,” Ryu said in confidence after pitching in six scoreless innings at the match against KT in Suwon on June 6.

Consequently, he had reasonable confidence. He joined the spring camp late, and his physical condition gradually improved over the course of the season. He has now adapted to KBO League hitters with improved contact capabilities or ABS strikes. His performance is guaranteed. He recorded three wins, no losses and an earned run average of 0.73 in the six recent starts. He has returned to monster mode by achieving quality start (more than six innings and less than three earned runs) five times.

Ryu Hyun-jin pitched the best since his return to the KBO League against Kiwoom in Cheongju on the 18th. He pitched 101 pitches in eight innings, giving up five hits, no outs, and eight strikeouts, leading his team to a 3-0 victory. After avenging Kiwoom, which gave him an unforgettable wound, Ryu Hyun-jin earned his fifth win (four losses) of the season. It is the first time in 14 years that he became the winning pitcher in Cheongju since the game against LG on May 11, 2010.

In the first time in five years since 2019, when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the U.S. Major League Baseball, Ryu’s earned run dropped to 3.38. He is ranked fourth after James Nail (2.21·KIA), Won Tae-in (3.04·Samsung), and Kyle Hart (3.18·NC). After the game, Ryu said, “We need to get stronger.”

Having regained his “monster’s true colors,” Ryu will face Kia for the first time since his return to the team in an away game in Gwangju on Sunday. His showdown with Yang fell through, but Ryu’s real counterparts are KIA batters. Leading Kia ranks first in the batting average of 0.291 in the team and the batting average for scoring goals (0.314) as of Tuesday.

For Ryu, how much he needs to control batters he has nowhere to go, including Kim Do-young, Choi Hyung-woo, Lee Woo-sung and Na Sung-bum, is important. Among them, attention is focusing on his showdown with right-handed batter Kim Do-young, who was born in 2003. With a batting average of 0.341, 17 homers, 48 RBIs and an OPS of 0.996, Kim is the hottest hitter among KIA batters.

Looking back, Ryu Hyun-jin has never said anything empty. I made up as I said, and I came up. Now I will become stronger.” Ryu Hyun-jin, who has a new commitment in his heart, will meet KIA soon.

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