‘ERA 2.06 – ransom price of 270 million is regrettable’… Doosan, ‘fantasy one-two punch’ revival, Again 2016!

Despite performing well, he was not selected. Wearing the Doosan Bears uniform again, Brandon Waddell (29) makes manager Lee Seung-yeop smile with his improved perfection.

Brandon started the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League visiting game held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 11th and threw 104 pitches in 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 1 run.

The team won 11-4, and Brandon won his 5th win (2 losses) of the season. This is a win achieved in just 8 games since the KBO League return match on June 24th. Although he did not fill the regulation innings, his earned run average (ERA) was 2.06, which is a record that is second only to Eric Peddy (NC 1.97).

Last year, he stepped on Korean soil as a substitute pitcher for Ariel Miranda, who was the best player (MVP) in the 2021 regular season and broke the record for the most strikeouts (225) in a season. He suddenly had to adapt to the KBO league, but he performed well with 5 wins and 3 losses and an ERA of 3.60 in 11 games.

However, Doosan’s ideals were high, and Brandon had to move to Taiwanese professional baseball without renewing his contract. Brandon, who had been consistently active as a starter, took Doosan’s outstretched hand once again. Dylan Pyle was unable to support the team due to a series of injuries, and Brandon caught the eye of Doosan, which was looking for a replacement foreign pitcher.

When I opened the lid, it exceeded my expectations. Even before his return, he recorded a quality start (QS · 6 or more starting innings, 3 earned runs or less), and since then he has been consistently active.

On this day, there was not a single big crisis until the 5th episode. Even in the 6th inning, when the number of pitches increased, he showed off his excellent crisis management ability, tying the Hanwha batting line with 4 hits even with 4 hits. Top speed 151km, average 147km fastball (41 pitches), cut fastball (cutter, 32 pitches), slider (22 pitches), and changeup (9 pitches) were evenly mixed, and thanks to the batting line that exploded from the beginning, he easily won the victory. .꽁머니

The sense of stability is overwhelming. He was also excellent in his ability to digest innings, recording QS in 6 out of 8 games he pitched. On the 30th of last month, he lost 8 runs in 4 innings against LG, and all of them kept the mound for more than 5 innings.

Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who said before the game, “Isn’t Brandon’s tenacity to win stronger?” After the victory, he praised, “Starting pitcher Brandon recorded a quality start and perfected his role, laying the foundation for victory.” did.

He even has the personality to always give credit to his teammates. Brandon said, “I’m happy to be able to help the team win. Today’s game was able to win thanks to the fielders scoring a lot early on. The fielders helped a lot in defense. Thank you to the fielders for their concentration in the offense and defense. I want to convey the words,” he said.

Even though he continues to pitch like he can’t do better, he is cold to himself. He said, “Personally, it’s a pity that I couldn’t lead longer innings because I had a lot of pitches.”

Doosan, which made the remarkable achievement of advancing to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years, had its worst record last year, 9th. Doosan used to show more strength when building fantastic foreign one-two punches like Dustin Nippert (22 wins) and Michael Bowden (18 wins) in 2016 and Josh Lindblom (20 wins) and Frankoff (9 wins) in 2019. But last year it wasn’t like that at all.

Robert Stark (9 wins) and Brandon (5 wins), who joined during the season, only combined for 14 wins. It was absurd to expect good results from Doosan. On the other hand, this season, first starter Raul Alcantara (10 wins) and Brandon (5 wins), who joined at the end of June, have already recorded 15 wins, surpassing last year.

Along with this, Doosan is running in 5th place with 49 wins, 45 losses and 1 draw. It is only one game away from third-place NC Dinos and KT Wiz, and four games behind second-place SSG Landers, so it is possible to aim for an even higher leap.

Brandon joined hands with Doosan again for a total of $280,000 (270 million won), but considering his performances so far and even fall baseball, it is Brandon who thinks it is worth paying more money.

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