“I have to win to pay off my debts”.
Ham Deok-ju (28), the LG Twins’ left-handed specialist, is doing well. In 24 appearances, he has a record of 2 wins, 3 saves, 7 holds, and a 1.52 ERA. He’s firmly established himself as a pillar of LG’s bullpen. At the same time as he ended his two-year transfer saga, he also showed his confidence in winning the LG championship.
Ham Deok-ju picked up a valuable hold in the Gwangju game against the KIA Tigers on April 26. With runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead, he struck out Ryu Ji-hyuk to end the threat. In the seventh inning, facing the center fielder, he gave up a single but got three clean outs to secure the win.
Ham’s metrics are nothing short of stellar. He allows just 0.76 runs per nine innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is also salty at 1.33. He hasn’t allowed a run in nine consecutive games since April 29 against the Jamsil KIA. He is a key part of the bullpen that can hold and save. He has the firefighting ability of a firefighter, having made 55 saves in the Dusan season.
After the 26th game, he explained that his confidence in his pitches has improved along with his recovery from the injury. “First of all, it doesn’t hurt, so I can throw the ball hard and hard. It feels good and I’m confident, and I think it’s working because I’m getting good results. My pitches are better than when I was good. I think hitters are finding it harder to hit me now that my pitches are better,” he said.
“In the past, when I was in a bad count or in a crunch, I would just throw it hard. Nowadays, with my pitches, I don’t have those situations and I can pick and choose what I want to throw in favorable counts. I feel like I’m doing better against hitters now,” he said.
Transfer speculation is over. After the 2020 season, he was traded to LG for infielder Yang Seok-hwan. He had high hopes, but he suffered a shoulder injury. The next two seasons were nothing short of spectacular. He only appeared in 16 games in 2021 and 13 games in 2022. Yang was a pillar of Doosan’s offense, hitting 20 home runs for the second straight year. The comparisons were inevitable, as he was hampered by injuries.스포츠토토
“At first, I honestly tried not to care, but I couldn’t help but care. It’s not that I wasn’t good enough, but I lost two years to injury, so I felt really bad. They cared a lot about me and adjusted. I was so sorry, and this year I feel like I’m paying them back a little bit. There’s still a lot of light left,” she confessed.
He was especially determined to win. He wants to repay LG by winning the title. “LG needs to win first place to settle the debt. I feel like I’m paying them back. I know what it feels like to win (the Dusan Festival), so I want to do it so badly. I’m thinking about how happy my brothers will be if I win the LG title. I think it’s most likely. If I don’t win, I’ll be in a weird mood,” she said.