Will he remain as an unfinished star? Or will he become LG’s native ace? Yeom Gal-ryang left a heartfelt advice to Lee Min-ho (22), who was nominated for the first round of nominations, “Throw like veteran Lim Chan-gyu (31).”메이저놀이터
In the 2020 rookie draft, Lee Min-ho, who was nominated for the first time in LG, is recording an average ERA of 3.86 with 2 losses without winning 4 games this year, his 4th year as a professional. After recovering from an elbow injury, he made a comeback against Jamsil Lotte on the 30th of last month and is digesting the starting rotation.
As you can see from the record, there is no victory yet. The content of the pitching is also not very satisfactory. He gave up eight walks while striking out six in 18⅔ innings pitched, and in his last two games, he gave up six walks in 10 innings. Even without walks, there were frequent full count matches.
What is the problem? LG director Yeom Gyeong-yeop, whom we met in Jamsil on the 17th, said, “(Lee) Min-ho only needs to do one thing. He just needs to play fast. He is not a strikeout pitcher, so he can increase the odds of a good pitch by catching it within 4 pitches. He has to attack,” he said. Then the pitcher becomes difficult. There is only one strikeout king. From the 2nd place, it is of no use. Therefore, you have to throw aggressively and let the batter hit. If you go to the count in your favor, the chances of success are high enough.”
At the same time, it was Lim Chan-gyu, who was reborn as a native ace with the pitcher’s tips for matching. Director Yeom said, “The key to Minho is how many strikes he throws. He has to play quickly like (Lim) Chan-gyu while adjusting the four types of pitches—fastball, changeup, slub, and slider—fastball, changeup, slub, and slider. I always have to throw a curveball as a strike, but as I try to induce a swing, the number of pitches increases. Chan-gyu’s curve is difficult to match the timing, so there is a high probability of hitting. But since he throws it as a ball, there is nothing to throw next. On such days, he conceded a lot and it was difficult.”
Lee Min-ho had a no-decision game with 2 runs in 5 innings against Doosan on the 16th, which was his recent appearance. It was painful to the bone that he was hit with two RBIs and doubles from Hong Seong-ho after giving up consecutive walks after one out in the second inning with a 3-0 lead. Eventually, the number of pitches reached 91 by the 5th inning, and with the start of the 6th inning, Jung Woo-young had to hand over the mound.
Manager Yeom said, “The two walks in that game were a problem. Except for that, it was perfect. 1B-2S I threw to catch a strikeout in an advantageous count, so a walk came out,” he said. “Minho has to make it hit. Then, if you get lucky and strike out, that’s good. I always tell Minho to ask Chankyu a lot. He also gives advice to go with the same type as Chan-kyu. The two of them have similar pitches,” said Lee Min-ho, suggesting the direction to go.