I enter the camp in the opposite position to a year ago. At that time, he regained his restraint dramatically and his expectations as a preliminary free agent (FA) pierced the sky. I was looking forward to a career-high season, and I expected two rabbits to win the team championship and FA jackpot. However, the current situation is the exact opposite. He had such a tough season and delayed his free agency application. This is LG starting pitcher Lim Chan-gyu (31), who entered the camp again from the standpoint of a competitor.
It was the 2022 season that was as disappointing as expected. In the second half of the 2021 season, the average speed of fastballs rose by about 4 km and played an active role, but last year it stumbled from the start. Both the restraint and the content of the game were ups and downs. From an average ERA of 3.87 in the 2021 season to an average ERA of 5.04 in the 2022 season, it has become impossible to guarantee remaining in the starting lineup in one year.
After the season, he qualified as a free agent, but did not apply. Instead, he spent the off-season more fruitfully. He held a camp in a warm place with Oh Seung-hwan and Kang Min-ho. On the first day of camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on the 1st (Korean time), Lim Chan-gyu said, “I prepared for the off-season season earlier in Okinawa, Japan with Oh Seung-hwan and Kang Min-ho. He learned a lot from Seunghwan Oh. He prepared well while living and training with his seniors. He also helped Minho a lot. He said, “First of all, he wants to say thank you to the two seniors.”
The theme of the preparation process for the season is ‘letting go’. Last year, I ran the game like a power pitcher by improving my speed, but I decided to give up my greed. It would be nice to have an average speed of 140 km in the mid-range, but it is impossible to guarantee. In the past, he plans to pitch the same pitch as he did at the time without greed, as he posted a double-digit win with a fastball in the second half of 130 km in the past.
Lim Chan-gyu said, “I talked with the director about the future direction. Until the velocity came up, I was a good pitcher at the so-called ‘rock, paper, scissors’. It’s good if the speed comes out well, but if you think that the speed is coming up like last year, you can fail again. This year, I will continue to make changes like I originally did and focus on tunneling to compete with batters.” It means that he will increase the importance of his changeup and curveball, which are his strengths, to confront batters with a variety of ball combinations.
Nothing is guaranteed. LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop confirmed the four starters, including Casey Kelly, Adam Plutko, Kim Yun-shik, and Lee Min-ho. Lim Chan-gyu, Kang Hyo-jong, Kim Dae-hyeon, and Lee Ji-gang compete for one spot in the last five starters. Lim Chan-gyu said, “Actually, it was always a competition. It was only until 2021 and 2022 that my place was guaranteed to some extent, and before that, I always competed to get into the 5th selection,” he said. I think the most important thing is to show my color again.” 카지노
There is no goal as grand as starting over. Lim Chan-gyu said, “Until now, I always talked about my goal at camp, but I never kept it properly. I think it would be better not to do it” and laughed, “From now on, I will just fill in the white paper one by one. Starting in March, I will draw one by one on a blank sheet of paper. Now I’m going to throw a few innings. I will show you one by one, no matter where you throw it, not ‘I will win a few wins’.”
Lastly, Lim Chan-gyu said, “Honestly, I had a lot of trouble. But he concluded that it was right not to apply. Last season was clearly a season of failure. After such a season, I couldn’t apply for free agency,” he said. “Above all, I saw that LG did not apply for FA without doing anything. I also thought that my team couldn’t win because I didn’t do well last year. I concluded that it was right to show a good side of myself at LG and apply for FA.”