A 16.5 billion won ace who was a KBO fall man… Refreshing spring of ML ‘2G ERA Zero’

The year 2023 of fate, a good start.

2023 is the year of fate for Chris Flexen (29, Seattle Mariners). In 2020, he appeared in 21 games for the Doosan Bears in the KBO League and recorded an average ERA of 3.01 with 8 wins and 4 losses. He was particularly active in the postseason, leading Doosan to runner-up in the Korean Series. Based on his strong performance in the fall of that year, he signed a 2+1 year contract for $12.75 million (approximately 16.5 billion won) with Seattle and returned to the major leagues.

Looking at Flexen’s progress over the past two years, he is getting closer to his major league success story. He made a big success in 2021 with an average ERA of 3.61 with 14 wins and 6 losses in 31 games. However, in 2022, he went 8-9 with an ERA of 3.73 in 33 games. He had to sit out 11 games out of the bullpen.

Still, over 317⅓ total innings over his last two years, he passed the 300 innings that trigger his +1 year contract. Depending on his performance this season, Flexen’s move in his 30s may be influenced. Seattle is solid until the 4 starters, including Robbie Ray, Luis Castillo, Logan Gilbert, and George Kirby. Flexen competes for the 5th start this season. 스포츠토토

In that respect, a good start in the demonstration game is meaningful. Flexen started on the 6th (hereinafter Korean time) in the 2023 major league away demonstration game against the Milwaukee Brewers held at American Family Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and became the winning pitcher with 2 hits, 1 strikeout and 1 walk in 3 innings. First win in an exhibition match.

He gave up a walk to leadoff hitter Christian Yelich in the first inning, but ended the inning by striking out Willie Adames and treating Luis Urias with a double hit by third baseman. In the second inning, he was hit with a double after one out, but he handled Mike Brochure’s batted ball himself and cooked Abraham Toro with a shortstop line drive. After giving up a double to Yelich after two outs in the third inning, Adames was treated as a shortstop grounder.

On the 28th of last month, Flexen had 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and no runs in 2 innings against the Chicago White Sox. And that day, I blocked it neatly until 3 innings. Total of 2 games, 5 innings, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, no run. Zero ERA. For Flexen, it is a refreshing major league spring.

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