The true ace of the Lotte Giants last season was left-handed pitcher Charlie Barnes (28).
Barnes, who started last April with shocking results of 5 wins in 6 matches and an average ERA of 0.65, kept the Lotte starting rotation throughout the season.
The final performance of the 2022 season was 12 wins, 12 losses, 186⅓ innings, and an average ERA of 3.62, standing tall as the most innings and most wins in the team. 메이저놀이터
Barnes, who has renewed his contract with Lotte for an annual salary of $1.25 million and is about to start his second season in Korea, said in an interview with Yonhap News, “I am most looking forward to pitching at Sajik Stadium full of fans with a Lotte colleague I became friends with last year. It creates an atmosphere that tastes good to throw,” he said, expressing his anticipation for the upcoming season.
What is regrettable for Barnes last year is the marked difference between the first half and the second half.
In the first half, Barnes was the league’s top pitcher with an ERA of 9-6 and an average ERA of 2.74, but in the second half, he slowed down to 3-6 and an ERA of 5.40.
Barnes, who had 131 innings in 2019, when the most innings pitched in a year until last season, played in the US minor leagues, continued to keep the rotation at Lotte, exposing physical problems.