Can Kiwoom Heroes right-hander Ahn Woo-jin overcome his sudden crisis?

Ahn Woo-jin will start a home game against the KT Wiz at Gocheok SkyDome on April 11. As of Tuesday, Ahn has appeared in 16 games this season, posting a 6-4 record with a 2.24 ERA in 100⅔ innings pitched and 119 strikeouts. That ranks fourth in the league and first among Korean pitchers.

His last two starts have not been good. In his last outing, Ahn picked up the win against the NC on July 4, but gave up four runs in six innings. In his previous start, on June 28 against KIA, he gave up five runs in 5⅓ innings, his most runs of the season. Prior to the KIA game, Ahn hadn’t allowed more than three runs in 14 games this year, but he’s given up nine runs in his last two games. His ERA has also risen from 1.61 to 2.24 in two games.

A far cry from last year’s ace-like performance. Ahn won the Pitcher’s Golden Glove last year after going 15-8 with a 2.11 ERA in 30 starts, 196 innings pitched and 224 strikeouts, leading the league in ERA and strikeouts. It was his first double-digit win season and first career complete game. She also set a new record for the most strikeouts by a Korean pitcher (previously held by Choi Dong-won with 223).

Last year, Ahn was able to maintain her ace status by leading the league in ERA and strikeouts, thanks to her stability that never wavered for two consecutive seasons. Out of 30 games last year, Ahn had only four games with more than three earned runs, all in different months. Even when she gave up a lot of runs, she always followed it up with a quality start in the next game.

Only once did he fail to make a quality start in two consecutive games, giving up an earned run in 6 innings against KIA on June 11 and a no-hitter in 5 innings against LG Electronics on June 17. He quickly regained his ace instincts in his next start, throwing 7⅓ innings of 1-run ball against Samsung Electronics on June 23. After giving up eight runs in 5⅔ innings against KT on July 28, his worst outing of the year, he followed it up with a perfect game against SSG on August 3, pitching seven scoreless innings.먹튀검증

In his last two games, Ahn hasn’t had too many problems. His average velocity remained steady in the mid-150 kilometers per hour in both games, and his pitch count was consistently over 100 pitches, proving that he is healthy. However, he still needs to work on his mix of pitches against hitters. It’s something he’ll have to work on with the power analysis team, his coaching staff, and his catcher.

While Ahn Woo-jin is the one who needs to pitch well, so does Kiwoom, who is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Kiwoom dropped from 6th to 7th place after losing to Doosan on the 9th, their fourth straight loss. They are now in danger of falling from the mid-table to the bottom. Kiwoom will need both a rebound from their ace and help from their bats in the first half.

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