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[마이데일리 = 김진성 기자] got an unexpected hit. However, this season may mark a milestone in the history of KBO league reverse exports.

Brooks Rayleigh (Tampa Bay Rays) played for the Lotte Giants in the KBO League from 2015 to 2019, and is a left-handed pitcher familiar to domestic baseball fans. As a ‘left-handed person’ representing the KBO league, he was also famous as the natural enemy of the current KBO league best hitter Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom).

Rayleigh signed a minor contract with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2020 season. He eventually made a major league comeback after seven years with the Chicago Cubs from 2012 to 2013. He played only four games for Cincinnati and was released, but went straight to the Houston Astros and played until the 2021 season. He was part of Houston’s World Series runners-up last year.

This season, he is Choi Ji-man’s teammate. He signed a 2 + 1 year up to $15.25 million contract. His annual salary this season is $4.25 million (about $6 billion). His salary was cut as he could not participate in the Toronto Blue Jays expedition because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, but it was more than expected.

In 55 games this season, he has one win, two losses and a 24 hold ERA of 2.47. At the age of 34, he has a career high season. Unlike his days in Lotte, he has established himself as a completely professional setup man. The nickname left-handed is still the same. He’s also strong against left-handed hitters in Tampa Bay this year. He has a batting average of 0.167 and a WHIP of 0.75.

His batting average against right-handed hitters is 0.207 and WHIP 1.02 is also at the level, but it’s even stronger for left-handed hitters. Even left-handed hitters GO/AO (ground ball/floating ball) is 0.33. He is a stable ground baller against left-handed hitters. With his unique three-quarter pitching form, the deception is good. He’s a type that’s hard to come across, and he’s a setup man who pitches around one inning, so it’s hard for major league hitters to adapt.

Such Rayleigh became the losing pitcher in the 2022 MLB home game against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA on the 22nd (Korean time). He climbed into the eighth inning, leading 2-1, but conceded three runs in one inning and three hits (one homer). He threw a first pitch slider at left-handed hitter Kyle Tucker and gave up a two-run four in the final. It was his second home run against a left-handed hitter this season. Apparently, Rayleigh was in Houston until last year, and for Houston hitters, Rayleigh may be relatively familiar.

However, Rayleigh has only lost twice this season. It has been about two months since the away game against the Kansas City Royals on July 25, when he struck out two and struck out one inning in one inning. On the other hand, there are 24 holds. Michael Fullmer (Minnesota Twins) and Kendall Graveman (Chicago White Sox) are tied for fourth in the American League.

Even 1st place Jack Jackson (Auckland Athletics, 26 holds) is only two behind. Tampa Bay played 149 games (82 wins, 67 losses, 2nd in the American League Wild Cards) until the 22nd. It is not impossible to become the hold king through the remaining 13 games. KBO Reverse Export There has been no case of major leaguers winning individual titles yet. Rayleigh’s new history challenge is ongoing.

[레일리. 사진 = 마이데일리 사진 DB]

By Kim Jin-seong, staff reporter [email protected]
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