He’s tied for first with 32K strikeouts… “I don’t want to catch a strikeout,” he said. “I’m having a hard time because my pitching has increased.”

However, he didn’t like striking out. Having a lot of strikeouts means that he’s not good.

This is what Choi Won-tae, the “winning contractor” of the LG Twins, said.

Choi’s start this season was not so good. He had ups and downs. He threw fast balls up to 151 kilometers, got a hit and gave up a walk, and was in crisis, and lost a point. However, he struck out a lot. He fought for the first place in strikeouts.여우알바

Then, he recorded his first quality start in a game against the SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Wednesday. He allowed only two hits and three walks during six innings, but gave up just one point along with five strikeouts. He had his first quality start in his fifth game. The team trailed 0-1, before coming from behind to win 4-1, and Choi won his second game of the season. He also lowered his earned run average (ERA) from 5.95 to 4.91.

Adding five strikeouts on the day, Choi is tying for first in the strikeout category with 32 strikeouts, along with William Cuevas of the KT Wiz and Ricardo Sanchez of the Hanwha Eagles. Among the 10 strikeouts, Choi has 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking second only to Sanchez (13.5). This means that he has secured a large number of strikeouts.

Choi’s record for strikeouts in a single season was 126 in 2017. He pitched 149 ⅓ at the time, striking out only 7.6 in nine innings. Last year, he also had 118 strikeouts in 146 ⅔ innings, only 7.24 in nine innings. It is true that this season definitely has a lot of strikeouts. At this pace, Choi could set a new record for strikeouts in a single season.

However, Choi did not like having many strikeouts. When asked about having many strikeouts, Choi said, “It’s not a good feeling. I don’t want to have a strikeout. I’m not throwing to have a strikeout,” adding, “I like the batter to hit fast. I’m throwing to catch a batter, but I’m having a hard time because the number of pitches has increased due to a lot of strikeouts by chance.”

When asked why he has more strikeouts, Choi said, “I feel like I’m getting more strikeouts because I’m throwing balls. I think it’s because my ball control moves back and forth.”

Throwing a lot of strikes so that the batter hits quickly increases the out count quickly, and even if the number of pitches is the same, the number of innings has increased.

If Choi Won-tae’s number of strikeouts decreases in the future, it would be good to see that he has improved his control and is throwing a lot of strikes.

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