Is it the result of desperation? Yusei Kikuchi (32, Toronto Blue Jays), who has not lived up to expectations for four seasons since his major league debut, continues to rise recently.
Kikuchi threw 27 innings in 5 games of the season until the 27th (Korean time), recording 4 wins, undefeated and an average ERA of 3.00. His walks and strikeouts were 6 and 28, respectively.
This is different from the last 4 seasons. Kikuchi has fallen short of expectations with ERAs of 5.46, 5.17, 4.41 and 5.19 over the past four seasons.
Kikuchi made a good start with 1 run in 5 innings against the Kansas City Royals on the 5th, but collapsed with 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on the 10th.
Until then, it was predicted that this season of Kikuchi would not be much different from the previous four seasons. However, Kikuchi allowed two runs in 17 2/3 innings in the next three games.
On the 17th, he won the victory with 1 run in 6 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, which showed the best rise, and on the 22nd, against the New York Yankees, he made a splash with 6 innings and 1 run.
Also, Kikuchi recorded 4 hits and no runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on the 27th. This was Kikuchi’s first scoreless game of the season. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
There is no case in baseball, but it is recording an average ERA of 1.19 in 4 games excluding the Los Angeles Angels game. He also has a different walk/strikeout ratio than last year.
Of course, the season is long and now it is still the end of April. In order for Kikuchi to do his part, he must continue his pitching until the second half.
It is noteworthy whether Kikuchi, who entered the major leagues with great expectations but failed to do his part in the past 4 seasons, will make a turn in the 5th season.