First national team, first AS… Moon Dong-ju, the first three-game winning streak


National athlete. And all-stars. The modifiers attached to Moon Dong-ju (19, Hanwha Eagles) in his second year began to increase one by one.

Moon Dong-ju was listed on the list of 26 recommended players for the KBO League All-Star Game (July 15, Busan Sajik Stadium) announced on the 4th. He is 5-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 appearances this season. In the fan vote, he was defeated by the legend Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA Tigers), and in the team vote, he was defeated by the current best pitcher An Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes) and Eric Peddy (NC Dinos). However, with the recommendation of Hinhwa director Choi Won-ho, he achieved good grades to go to the ‘Feast of the Stars’.

Although there are some ups and downs, it is steadily rising. After concentrating on recovering from injuries and managing innings last season, he started this season as a starting pitcher from the beginning. After setting a new record (160.1km, PTS standard) of the KBO League’s highest ever domestic pitcher in April, he rebounded with a good pitch (3 wins, 1 loss, ERA of 2.14) in June after a slump in May (1 win, 2 losses, 8.22 ERA). Thanks to two consecutive good fights (1 win, 13 innings) right before the announcement of the final list of the Hangzhou Asian Games team, he was also honored with the Taegeuk mark.

The month of June, which had a refreshing start, also had a clean finish. He recorded 8 innings, 2 hits, 4 balls, 7 strikeouts and no runs against NC on June 24, and then won a streak against Samsung on the 30th with 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts and no runs. It was a decisive performance that made not only Moon Dong-ju’s personal win streak, but also Hanwha’s 7th consecutive win (8th consecutive win in the match against Samsung on the 1st).

Moon Dong-joo’s pitching (average fastball 151.8km/h, 2nd place among starting pitchers) is so outstanding that manager Choi Won-ho calls it “a ball that cannot be hit repeatedly.” Eventually, his mental hair became stable and changed. Moon Dong-ju said in a broadcast interview after the game on the 30th that he won consecutive victories, “I think I have gained confidence (in pitching). I try to fight aggressively with batters on the mound.” I believe. The power analysis team helped me a lot, and the pitching coach gave me a lot of advice. I believe in my ball and throw it,” he explained his recent rise. 

SBS sports commentator Kim Tae-hyung, who interviewed him, also praised him, saying, “He has such a good talent. If he behaves and thinks positively (about himself), he will be able to become the best pitcher in Korea.”토토사이트

Thanks to his dazzling performance in June, Moon Dong-joo is leading again in the Rookie of the Year race. Even during the slump in May, it seemed that he was being pushed back by Yoon Young-chul (KIA), a first-year player, and Kim Dong-ju (Doosan Bears), a third-year player. Now, they are confidently dominating sexually. In the overall scorecard, WAR (contribution to victory over substitute players), Moon Dong-ju is recording 1.72 (Sports to I standard). There is a big difference compared to Kim Min-seok and Yoon Dong-hee (above Lotte Giants, 0.36), Choi Ji-min (KIA, 1.00), Yoon Young-chul (0.80) and Kim Dong-ju (1.04), who are being discussed as candidates for the rookie of the year. 

Moon Dong-ju will go to Daejeon Lotte on the 6th. Lotte is also a tough opponent who gave him 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings on June 13th. It is the opponent who shook him the most in June when he was looking for stability. If he can even defeat Lotte’s batting line, the momentum of the rookie of the year is expected to become even stronger.

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