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Australian left-handed pitcher alert… 6 lefties out of 15 pitchers

 Reporter Jang Hyeon-gu = Australia, which will face South Korea in the first match of the first round of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group B finals at Tokyo Dome, Japan at noon on the 9th, included 15 pitchers and 6 left-handed pitchers.

It is worth seeing that the roster composition is aimed at Korea and Japan, the opponents of Group B who have a lot of right-handed and left-handed hitters.

John Kennedy, Steve Kent, Daniel McGrath (above Melbourne), Blake Townsend (American Professional Baseball Seattle Mariners Minor League), William Sheriff (Perth), Jack Olochlin (American Professional Baseball Detroit Tigers Minor League), etc. are all left arms that can be called. gathered

After seeing Australia’s final entry last month, Lee Kang-cheol, coach of the Korean national team, was wary, saying, “Four more left-handed pitchers are included.”

In Group B, where Korea, Japan, Australia, China, and the Czech Republic are competing, Korea and Australia must defeat each other to advance to the quarterfinals by finishing in second place in Group B.

Korea needs to surpass Australia’s left-handed pitchers to reach its goal of advancing to the semifinals.

Australian left-handed pitchers are all bullpen agents. The selection is highly likely to be filled with right-handed pitchers, starting with Warwick Soffold, who played under the name Warwick Saupold for the Korean professional baseball Hanwha Eagles.

Among the six left-handed pitchers, McGrath and Sheriff are unusually right-handed and left-handed throwers.

In addition, the height of 6 members is at least 183 cm tall. Olochlin’s height is 196 cm, and Kennedy’s height reaches 2 m.

The angle of the ball hit from a high RBI may threaten Korean batters.

Kennedy pitched in 13 games in the 2022-2023 Australian Professional League (ABL), which ended in January, striking out 14 in 17⅔ innings and leaving an average ERA of 2.55. He is expected to play an active role as Australia’s sure-fire pitcher along with right-hander Mitch Nunbon, who struck out 40 in 28 innings.

Olo Clean also earned an average ERA of 3.27 by harvesting more than one strikeout per inning, and Sherif also boasted quite stable content with an average ERA of 3.46. 토토사이트

During the 12-day joint training held in Tucson, Arizona, the U.S., the Korean national team watched Australian pitchers’ videos on TV in the clubhouse and restaurant and studied strategy.

In Australia, center fielder Aaron Whitefield (Los Angeles Angels), infielder Robbie Glendining (Kansas City Royals), and pitcher Kyle Glogowski (Cincinnati Reds) joined the national team on the 4th. After forming a complete team, they will boost their strength in an evaluation match against the Japanese business team at the Ivy Stadium in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan on the 6th and 7th.

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