The national team teamed up in joint training in Tucson, Arizona, USA for two weeks from the 14th to the 27th, then returned home, finished training at the Gocheok Dome on March 2nd and 3rd, and went to Japan on the 4th to practice prepared by the WBC Organizing Committee. are going to play And starting with the first game against Australia on the 9th, we will enter the first round of the finals.
The national team’s determination is different than ever. This is because, above all, in order to attract fans who are moving away to the baseball field, they are acutely aware that good results at this WBC, which is like the ‘Baseball Olympics’ that will be held six years after 2017, are needed above all else.
It was similar in the last WBC, but pitchers are limited in the number of pitches in this WBC, so the key is to use it to the maximum effect.
In particular, since the maximum number of pitches a starting pitcher can throw in the first round is limited to 65 pitches, the performance of the bullpen is more important than anything else.
In the national team without Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions), who reigned as the best finisher in Korea, the finisher is, of course, Ko Woo-seok (LG Twins). In addition, Lee Yong-chan (NC Dinos) and Jung Cheol-won (Doosan Bears) should play a role in the bullpen, but the role of Jung Woo-young, who was a pair of twins in the LG bullpen along with Ko Woo-seok, cannot be ignored.
Ko Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young are first-class contributors who led LG to record the most wins (87 wins) in the club’s history last year.
Ko Woo-seok made a career high season with 4 wins, 2 losses, 42 saves, and an ERA of 1.48 in 61 games. It was the first time he personally exceeded 40 saves, and it was a new record for the most saves as an LG pitcher.
Jung Woo-young was the pitcher who laid the foundation for Go Woo-seok to set a new record for the most saves. Jung Woo-young climbed the mound in front of Ko Woo-seok throughout the season and recorded an average ERA of 2.64 with 2 wins, 3 losses and 35 holds in 67 games, ranking first in the holder. 안전놀이터
The combination of Jung Woo-young and Ko Woo-seok was the guardian of LG’s victory, to the extent that it would not be too much to say that ‘without Jung Woo-young’s holder, there would be no Go Woo-seok’s save’.
Thanks to this, Ko Woo-seok renewed his contract with 430 million won, up 59.3% from last year’s 270 million won. In addition, Jung Woo-young also stamped for 400 million won, a 42.9% increase from 280 million won, and along with Ko Woo-seok, became the first and second in the team’s salary ranking among non-FA players.
Following the 2019 WBSC Premium 12 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this is the third time Ko Woo-seok has worn the Taegeuk mark as a national representative. Jung Woo-young is the first Taegeuk mark.
Now, Jung Woo-young and Ko Woo-seok have to show the ‘perfect compatibility’ they showed in the team at the WBC. Only then can Korea rise to a higher place.