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Director Kim Won-hyung, tongue in cheek, “What’s good? Everything is good”

SUWON, South Korea (Yonhap) – With 15 quality starts this season, the most in the league, Ko Young-pyo (KT WIZ) is a pitcher every team wants to avoid.The SSG Landers, Lotte Giants, and Kiwoom Heroes are particularly vulnerable.SSG was 토토 swept by Ko Young-pyo in an eight-inning no-hitter against KT in Suwon on April 1, making it three games against him this season.It’s no consolation for SSG that Ko is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four games against Lotte and 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games against Kiwoom.When SSG manager Kim Won-hyung was asked what makes Ko a good pitcher ahead of the Suwon KT game on Feb. 2, he said, “Fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup are all good. He throws them well in the strike zone and drops his changeup well,” he replied in a casual manner.The average velocity of players in the KBO is now so high that you can’t throw 150 kilometers per hour without being labeled a “hard-throwing pitcher.However, Ko Young-pyo is one of the best starting pitchers in the league, mowing down batters with his 130-kilometer-per-hour fastball.”No matter how slow his fastball is, he has the ability to drop his changeup in the strike zone and throw all of his pitches for strikes. Not only our hitters, but hitters in general can’t hit him, so he’s a good pitcher.”In fact, Ko is not an impregnable pitcher.His .243 BABIP ranks ninth among the 20 pitchers in the league who have pitched at least one inning.His fastball is slow, so once it’s centered in the zone, it’s likely to be a hit.The reason why it’s so hard to score a lot of runs against him is because he has great command of his pitches.With just nine walks in 118⅔ innings pitched, Ko has the fewest walks of any pitcher in regulation.He doesn’t leave many runners on base, so it’s hard to break him down without a string of hits.”If we had Young-pyo Ko’s approach, we would have done 안전놀이터 something well yesterday. I think it’s something we need to solve in the future, and we can only hope that our hitters who are in good shape will have a chance to score runs,” Kim said.

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