Lotte foreign starting pitcher Dan Strayley, who is spending his 4th year in the KBO League, left a regret in the last appearance of the first half. Strayley, who started the game against the league leader LG Twins at Sajik Stadium on the 9th, showed a sluggish appearance with 4 runs in 4 innings. Lotte batting line supported scoring from the beginning, but Strayley had to leave the mound because he could not meet the winning pitcher requirements.온라인바카라
If you look at the details of the pitching, you will be left with a bigger regret. Strayley allowed 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. It was a game where Lotte could easily win by scoring 6 points up to the 3rd inning, including Yoo Kang-nam’s home run, but Strayley sent out a lot of runners every day and was eventually knocked out in the top of the 5th inning safely with 1st and 2nd base.
The fact that Strayley’s pitch did not work for the opponents at all is a factor that makes the prospects for the second half even darker. On this day, Strayley threw 99 pitches in 22 at-bats against LG batters, but failed to strike out a single one. It is evaluated that the power of the ‘first starting ace’ that was shown in the past has already disappeared.
The virtues of a first-choice ace are long innings and the power to overwhelm opponents. However, it is difficult to expect those two appearances from Strayley. The last game in which Strayley recorded a quality start by digesting 6 or more innings this season was against KIA on June 2nd. After that game, Strayley failed to record a quality start in six consecutive games, and two of those games failed to fill five innings.
Strayley, who was assigned the role of the first starting ace by sorting out as a starting pitcher in the opening game of this season, but many point out that replacing the first starting pitcher will help the team win if the quality start is not easy. Park Se-woong, who has been fighting well since May, or Barnes, who has regained balance, seem to be better choices for the team to play the first starter role.
However, Strayley’s real crisis is not simply a matter of giving up the first starter. This is because the Lotte club is also considering a replacement card for foreigners. Unlike the time when they took the lead in the league with a 9-game winning streak in early May, Lotte is currently in 4th place, competing in a close five-final. It means that there is no time to wait for the continued sluggishness of a foreign pitcher who can be replaced at any time.
In the 2020 season, the first year of the KBO League, Strayley showed top-notch pitching in the league, including becoming the strikeout king (205), and even in last season, when he left the Korean stage, he rejoined as a substitute foreign pitcher after the second half, 4 wins in 11 games, and an average ERA of 2.31. He fought hard and was re-accredited as an ace.
The problem is that Strayley is showing the most lackluster form in his last 4 years. Can Strayley, who is on the verge of being replaced, seize the opportunity to rebound in the second half? Attention is focusing on what decision the Lotte club will make with Strayley, who was canceled from the first team on the 10th after the first half of the season.