▲ SSG Noh Kyung-eun, who became the winning pitcher with a scoreless inning of one inning in the Munhak Hanwha match on the 22nd.
ⓒ SSG Landers
In the 2022 KBO League, 1st place SSG’s regular season championship is in sight. SSG won the Munhak Hanwha Eagles 10-1 on the 22nd and widened the ride with the second-placed LG Twins by 3.5 games. Looking at the score alone, it looks like a great win for SSG, but until the end of the 8th inning, the score was tied 1-1, and neither team could guarantee a victory. However, SSG completely divided the game by scoring 9 goals in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The winning pitcher was Noh Kyung-eun, who started as the second pitcher for SSG in the 8th inning. He threw just 9 balls against Hanwha’s top line and made a clean three-way streak, laying the groundwork for a big inning in the bottom of the 8th.
This season, Noh Kyung-eun has appeared in 36 games and has 11 wins, 5 losses, 1 save, 6 holds and an ERA of 2.84 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.625. In terms of his wins alone, he is close to his career-high 12 wins in 2012 when he was with the Doosan Bears.
※ SSG No-Kyung is a major record in the last 5 seasons
▲ SSG Noh Kyung is the main record for the last 5 seasons (Source: Baseball Archives KBReport.com)
ⓒ KB Report
This season, Noh Kyung-eun has been playing the role of a supporter of the SSG mound, going back and forth between the starting and the bullpen. He was included in the opening starting rotation on April 28th against the Lotte Giants in Sajik, and suffered a fracture with a batted ball with his finger, and was out for two months. Returning to the first team at the end of June, he switched to the bullpen at the start of the second half.
What is interesting is the fact that Noh Kyung-eun is playing without bias in either the starting or the bullpen. As a starter, he kept a 5-3 ERA of 3.38 P OPS of 0.705 in 8 games. He is doing well as a bullpen with a 6-2, 1 save, 6 hold, ERA of 2.18 P.O.P., 0.520.
SSG changed the closing pitcher twice in the middle of the season, and Moon Seung-won scored the third finisher, but the bullpen is still shaking so much that it is unsettling. If Noh Kyung-eun hadn’t stepped in to crack down on the back door, SSG’s number one shooter might have already failed.
Noh Kyung-eun had an average fastball speed of 139.7 km/h last year while playing for Lotte. However, this year he is 144.5 km / h, a whopping 4.8 km / h improvement. He is called ‘eight colors’ because of his ability to use various changing balls, and it is natural to add power as his fastball speed rises to the mid-140km/h range.
▲ Noh Kyung-eun, who was released from Lotte after the end of last year’s season and joined SSG
ⓒ SSG Landers
Last year, Noh Kyung-eun only appeared in 14 games and was sluggish with a 3 wins and 5 losses ERA of 7.35 P OPS of 0.949. Like the nickname Pung Woon-ah, he was released from Lotte after the season ended, so he could not guarantee that his career would be extended.
However, it is proving that SSG made the right choice last winter to recruit him for an annual salary of 100 million won. He is highly regarded as having achieved several times his annual salary of 100 million won only by his activities so far. If SSG reaches the happy ending of their first unified win after the acquisition of the SK Wyverns this year, it will be enough for him to be defined as the winning lead.
One worrying thing is that they have conceded in two of their last four matches and are stagnating a bit. It is interpreted as the aftermath of appearing in 7 games in the last 12 days. Born in March 1984, a 38-year-old veteran, he even changed his position during the season, so he needs careful management to make sure he doesn’t feel physically burdened. Noh Kyung-eun, who has transformed from Pung Woon-ah to a belly button, is paying attention to whether she will continue to fight in the regular season as well as fall baseball to lead the SSG victory.
[관련 기사] Uneasy SSG in the back door, Moon Seung-won the last alternative?
[기록 참조: 야구기록실 케이비리포트(KBReport.com), KBO기록실]
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