I invested 10.6 billion won in KBO 53-win Ace… 147km ERA 7.71 ‘sign of collapse’
Drew Ryuchinski (35, Oakland Athletics) recorded an average of 149.1 km of fastballs based on Stats, a baseball statistics site, in the NC Dinos of the KBO League in the 2022 season. However, on the 5th (hereafter Korean time), the highest speed of the fastball taken in the home game against the Seattle Mariners in the 2023 major league held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA was 147.3 km.
It was slightly higher than his return to the major leagues,안전놀이터 against the Cincinnati Reds on the 29th of last month (5⅔ innings, 11 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 walk, 5 runs, 3 earned runs). However, it still doesn’t seem to be normal speed. After recording an average ERA of 6.97 with 1 loss in 3 demonstration games, Luchinski left with a hamstring injury at the start of the regular season.
It seems that he has not been able to improve his condition normally while resting and rehabilitating from an injury. Anyway, after his return to the major leagues, his performance in two games is disastrous. On this day, he also became a losing pitcher against Seattle with 4 hits (1 home run), 3 strikeouts, 5 walks and 5 runs in 3⅔ innings. 2 losses in 2 games this season, 7.71 ERA.
Ahead of this season, Oakland signed a 1+1 year contract of up to $8 million (approximately 10.6 billion won) with Luchinski. A contract that is not that burdensome for the club. However, for 35-year-old Luczynski, he has no choice but to take the sluggishness in the early season seriously as it is his last chance to settle down in the major leagues.
He mixed a changeup and slider with a fastball in the mid-140km range. In the beginning, he focused on fastballs and sinkers, but gradually increased the proportion of breaking balls. He threw well into the second inning, but was not good when he walked leadoff hitter JP Crawford in the third. He gave up a turn-around left-center two-run four to follow-up Tyler Trammel as he went high four-seam at 90 mph.
In the 4th inning, he scored 3 walks only after 2 outs and gave up a free run by pushing. As the slider went into the middle of Colton Wong, he got a crucial 2 RBI hit. He also walked to Julio Rodriguez and he was unable to avoid being substituted. Entering the 4th inning, the pitched bullets rapidly widened.
It seems that he is not yet in the condition to pitch 5-6 innings reliably. However, it should be taken into account that there was a hiatus due to injury. If so, he may take the time to watch and help you regain your original skills. It is true that the start was disastrous. However, you need to take a long breath. The patience of the Auckland coaching staff is key.