온라인카지노cCasey Kelly, the LG Twins’ and the league’s “longest-tenured” foreign player, is now in his fifth year in South Korea. Since his rookie year in 2019, he has been an ace, posting double-digit wins for four straight years, including a whopping 16 wins last year.
This season, however, Kelly has struggled. His record is 6-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 15 games and 88⅔ innings pitched, which isn’t terrible on the surface, but it’s a far cry from where he was last year.
After going 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA in six games and 35 innings in April, Kelly seemed to rebound in May with a 4-1 record and 2.73 ERA in five games and 33 innings before falling back into a slump. In June, Kelly was 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 20⅔ innings over four games.
The coaching staff is also worried about Kelly. “Kelly is an important player for both the manager and the team, so of course he has to get better and regain his form from last year,” LG coach Yoon Kyung-yeop said before the eighth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on April 28. Otherwise, the team will be in danger.”
Coach Yeom Kyung-yup eventually called up Kelly. Between the two home games against the Doosan Bears on the 17th and the Lotte Giants on the 23rd, Yeom met with Kelly.
“I would have preferred not to have a meeting with Kelly, but I had a meeting with him last week in Jijinan. “I think psychologically, he’s being chased off the mound, so he has this idea in his head that he has to be too good because Plutko is good and he’s not,” Yeom said.
“There’s also the ‘over’ in the first inning. She’s not a pitcher who comes out with speed in the first inning, but nowadays, if she comes out with speed in the first inning, she’s getting greedy. “So I had to change my mindset a little bit and say, ‘I’m trying to be good.
In the end, Yeom realized that it wasn’t a technical or physical problem, but a “mental” one.
“I told him to change his thinking to the way he used to think, because it seems like the game is getting harder because he’s thinking about doing well because he’s not playing baseball, and I told him, ‘We believe in you, and in the end, you have to do your part to help the team achieve its goal, so I don’t think you have to do well, but just do the things you need to do on the mound, the things you’ve been doing and the routines you’ve been doing, and you’ll be good enough,'” Yoon explained.
“I think it will definitely get better because it’s the role of the coaching staff and the role of the manager to communicate with the player and let him go when he shows that kind of behavior, and there was talk of replacing him externally, but these things would have put some psychological pressure on her anyway. So I think it would be much more effective for her to have a little bit more faith.”
In his most recent outing, on the 23rd, Kelly pitched eight innings, seven hits, no walks, seven strikeouts, and one run (unearned) against Lotte.
Coach Yeom also expressed his expectations, saying, “I have faith that Kelly will return to a stable form based on his previous performances.” The players, coaching staff, and fans are waiting for the perfect resurrection of the ‘ace’.