“Thank you to Yoo Youngchan and Son Joo Young”…Lim Chan Kyu, why did you say thank you to your juniors

LG Twins’ Lim Chan-kyu (32) started the game against the Kiwoom Heroes in the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 4th and recorded four hits, one strikeout and one run in six innings. He showed quality start pitching (pitching less than three earned runs in six innings) to harvest five wins (3 losses and one hold) this season. Amid Lim Chan-kyu’s performance, LG won 3-2 against Kiwoom and finished the first half with 46 wins, two draws and 38 losses.메이저사이트

After the game, Lim Chan-kyu said, “I had an injury in the first half. Still, I’m so glad that I was able to finish the last game with a victory ahead of the All-Star break. I don’t think I did well in the first half. In the second half, injured players such as Choi Won-tae will return, but I believe they will do better in the second half. I will also take better care of my body in the second half. I will do my best to put my team in first place.”

In the early days of the season, Lim did not perform well. He showed poor performance with three losses and one hold with an ERA of 6.39 in seven games through April. However, his performance has improved since then. During May, Lim started all five games, played 28 ⅔ innings, and posted three wins and an ERA of 2.51. Lim, who had been away for a while due to injury, returned to the game against the KT Wiz on June 23 to win the starting pitcher’s victory by allowing three hits, one homer, five strikeouts, eight strikeouts, and one run in five innings.

On the reason for his poor performance, Lim Chan-kyu said, “I had difficulty adapting to ABS, just like other pitchers. The first priority was to quickly grasp the strike zone. I made a quick judgment on the height of ABS. I think my concept of targeting the upper and lower levels rather than the left and right sides of the strike zone was effective.”

LG once fell to sixth place, but gained momentum and quickly elevated its ranking. It entered a winning streak mode in early June, moving up to the top. However, as two Korean starters, Im Chan-kyu and Choi Won-tae, were out due to injury, the team failed to continue its trend. While rehabbing, Im also felt uneasy.

Lim Chan-kyu said, “I felt very bad. I wanted my team to win a lot, but I couldn’t. I wanted to come back soon, too. I’m not the type to check until my condition is 100 percent and then come back. If I feel better to a certain extent, I join the team. Still, I’m glad that I came back earlier than expected and contributed to the team. I’m not in 100% physical condition yet, but I have no problem in playing the game.”

She also thanked her juniors. In particular, she thanked Son Joo-young, who plays the role of the fifth starting pitcher, and Yoo Young-chan, the closer. Lim Chan-kyu said, “Personally, I want to say thank you to Yoo Young-chan and Son Joo-young. Son is playing as a starter for the first time. I couldn’t rest because Choi Won-tae came out at the right time to rest. Yoo Young-chan also played multiple innings a lot. I will prepare well so that Choi and I can cheer up when our juniors are having a hard time.”

Finally, Lim Chan-kyu said, “I will not be sick in the second half of the year. I don’t want to skip the rotation. I want to play a role as a cornerstone in the team’s victory. I will do my best in the second half of the year.”

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