The best finisher in the league, Ko Woo-seok (LG Twins), challenges to restore his honor in the WBC.
Ko Woo-seok was named among the 30 entries for the 2023 WBC national team announced on the 4th. It was a natural result as he became the best closer in the KBO League.
The WBC is a short fight. In the short game, each play determines the outcome. In such a compact game, mistakes have a great meaning that can affect the atmosphere of the series beyond one game.
For this reason, the pitcher must suppress in-play batted balls as much as possible. In other words, a strikeout is required. A strikeout determines one out count the moment it comes out (infield), but a ball in play must go through the process of catch-throw-patch three times until it is out. Even if you induced a weak batted ball, any number of variables can occur. Strikeout does not create an in-play situation itself and fundamentally blocks the variable.
There is a high possibility that Ko Woo-seok will be the nucleus of the national team’s pitching management. Go Woo-seok is the pitcher who doesn’t create the most variables in the league, ranking first in strikeout rate per 9 innings (11.87), first in swing-and-miss rate (35.0%), and lowest in-play batting average (56.3%) 스포츠토토
. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ko Woo-seok made a painful mistake. At the end of the 8th inning against Korea and Japan in the first leg of the semifinals, Ko Woo-seok climbed the mound in a 2:2 tie situation. He induced a ground ball from 1st base and 1st base, but he made a mistake covering the 1st base base and became the cause of the defeat. At this time, if he had caught a strikeout, the so-called tap dance incident would not have occurred.
In order to advance to the major leagues, Ko Woo-suk turned down the largest multi-year contract ever. This WBC is expected to be a showcase for overseas expansion.