The NC Dinos’ biggest concern is the starting team. Immovable ace Eric Peddy (30) is supporting, but the aftermath of Koo Chang-mo (26) leaving due to forearm muscle pain is significant. From the opening game until now, only Peddy and Shin Min-hyeok (24) have been holding on. As much as it is, the performance of foreign pitchers to support Peddy is important, but Taylor Widener (29) has not yet been able to give definite trust.
Widener felt back pain at the end of the exhibition game and made his debut belatedly on May 30 (against Changwon Doosan Bears). Considering his long wait, the current record of 3 wins and 2 losses in 9 games and an earned run average (ERA) of 5.18 is obviously very disappointing. In particular, the biggest problem is repeating the ups and downs in every game.
He made 4 quality starts (QS · Pitching 6 or more starting innings and 3 earned runs or less), but the ups and downs are severe. Immediately after raising expectations with dazzling pitches, he was unfailingly sluggish. Recently, this trend has become more prominent. On June 30th, after a good fight with 6 innings and 1 run against Suwon KT Wiz, he withdrew after 4.1 innings (3 runs, 2 earned runs) against Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 6th of this month. Then, on the 13th, he had a good fight with 2 runs in 6 innings against the Lotte Giants in Changwon, and then bowed his head again with 3 runs in 4 innings against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on the 22nd.
Widener’s pitching menu consists of three items: a fastball in the early 150km/h range, a changeup, and a slider. His pitches are excellent, but there were concerns that the repertoire was monotonous. He also exposed pitch anxiety, particularly allowing four walks in his first six games. In his last three games, he has been more stable with four walks in 18.1 innings, but on the contrary, he has 15 hits. His on-base allowed per inning (WHIP) is 1.32, which is higher than the average (1.24) of pitchers who have filled the required innings.메이저사이트
Despite the great concern, there is no immediate alternative. Pedi~Widener~Shin Min-hyeok are the best starting cards that NC can operate at this point. They have to accumulate as many multipliers as possible in their matches to overcome the fierce ranking competition. He is a widener who needs to show stability as soon as possible.