The restraint is also restrained, but I think it has improved from the way I deal with batters.”
Director Hong Won-gi of Kiwoom Heroes held a demonstration with the LG Twins in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 25th먹튀검증. In an interview before the game, he praised Choi Won-tae, who had a good fight the day before.
Choi Won-tae started the game against Samsung on the 24th and pitched 4 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and no runs. His highest fastball velocity reached 151 km/h, and his average velocity was 148 km. Kiwoom suffered a come-from-behind defeat 3-4, but Choi Won-tae’s pitching was brilliant.
Director Hong Won-ki said, “Choi Won-tae felt a lot after the Korean series last year, and he seems to have accepted the change well. He felt he was well-prepared from the winter and was good at the Taiwanese camp. He is also restrained, but I think he has improved from the way he deals with batters.”
Choi Won-tae, who recorded 7 wins and 5 losses with a 3.75 ERA in 26 games (105⅔ innings) last season, had to switch to the bullpen in the second half of the season and play the rest of the season and the postseason. He showed good form in the bullpen and contributed to Kiwoom’s runner-up in the Korean Series, but it was a season with many regrets for him.
Coach Hong Won-ki, who said, “I liked the process of stealing the batter’s timing, like the ball count fight,” said, “There were a lot of runs lost in the Daejeon game. But after the game, he said that he threw everything he wanted to throw. Yesterday, ahead of the opening, I did a final inspection and tried various things, but I was very impressed.”
Lee Seung-ho, who made a relief mound in the last game, blocked the first inning well, but collapsed in the second inning, allowing Lee Seong-gyu to hit a come-from-behind two-run home run. In the end, he had 2 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 strikeout and 4 runs lost in 1⅓ innings.
Manager Hong Won-ki said, “In the end, the pitcher walks the most,” regretting Lee Seung-ho’s faltering walk. “Lee Seung-ho’s role will be known as the season progresses. Now we are checking all the players. Especially since there are a lot of new pitchers in the bullpen, there is a lot to watch and check.