MLB St. Louis, which cherishes ‘Oh Seung-hwan memories’, is interested in Go Woo-seok

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Local media "St. Louis considering recruiting Go Woo-seok and Matsui Yuki"

LG finishing pitcher Go Woo-seok

Game 2 of the 2023 KBO Korean Series between KT Wiz and LG Twins held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 8th.

The big league's interest in Ko Woo-seok (25, LG Twins), the closing pitcher representing the KBO League, is gradually becoming concrete.

It seemed unrealistic that the LG club found out about Go Woo-seok's MLB challenge only after the Major League Baseball (MLB) office requested an identity check, but a club actually showed interest.

The Belleville News Democrat, a daily newspaper based in Illinois and Missouri, reported on the 28th (Korean time), "The St. Louis Cardinals are considering recruiting Ko Woo-seok and Japanese left-hander Yuki Matsui in the free agent market." “Now that St. Louis is strengthening its bullpen, they will investigate whether they can be useful in the bullpen.”

St. Louis, a prestigious club representing the Central Division of the MLB National League, fell to last place in the division for the first time since 1990 with 71 wins, 91 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.435 this season.

St. Louis, which has begun to 'reinforce its power', added three pitchers to its starting lineup in this Stove League by recruiting Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, and even Sonny Gray.

Now the next goal is to strengthen the bullpen.

St. Louis' bullpen ERA this season was 4.47, ranking 13th out of 15 teams in the National League.

St. Louis closing pitcher Ryan Helsley, who made 14 saves, had a conflict with the team over the interval between appearances.

Oh Seung-hwan during his time in St. Louis

An official familiar with the St. Louis situation said, "Helsley went so far as to apply for salary adjustment last year and had a falling out with the team because he would not pitch in succession, leading to trade rumors."

He added, “It is an expected move for St. Louis to check out Asian players to strengthen their bullpen.”

The reason why St. Louis is positive about recruiting Asian pitchers is because of Seung-Hwan Oh (Samsung Lions) and Gwang-Hyun Kim (SSG Landers), who have shown impressive performances in the past.

In particular, Seung-hwan Oh played well with 6 wins, 3 losses, 19 saves, and an ERA of 1.92 in 2016, his first year in MLB, and recorded 20 saves in 2017 the following year.

Go Woo-seok, who uses a fastball in the mid-150 km/h range as his main weapon, is growing into Korea's representative 'firefighter', following in the footsteps of Oh Seung-hwan.

Although he slowed down this season with 3 wins, 8 losses, 15 saves, and an ERA of 3.68 due to injuries, he played as the league's top closing pitcher with 72 saves over two seasons in 2021 and 2022.

Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Golden Eagles), whose name was mentioned along with Go Woo-seok, is a short pitcher with a height of 174 cm, who is a closing pitcher with a fastball and a variety of breaking balls.

He recorded 32 saves in 2022 and 2022, ranking first in saves in the Pacific League of Japanese professional baseball, and also pitched against Korea in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March of this year and recorded one inning of no runs. 카지노사이트존

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