Casey Kelly (34), who is already entering his sixth season with the LG Twins, has pledged a better 2024 season.
“I’m glad to be back. I’m preparing hard for the new season,” he said while participating in his team’s spring camp at the Indian School Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.헤라카지노주소
He entered LG for the first time in the 2019 season, and is now entering his sixth season with the same team. He played 875 2/3 innings in 144 games in the previous five seasons, recording 68 wins and 38 losses with a 3.08 ERA, keeping the mound at LG.
When asked if he thought he would be on the same team for this long when he first signed with LG, he shook his head with a smile. “I am so grateful to be on this team for six years. What an amazing time. Especially last year, we won the Korean Series title. That is our biggest goal,” he said, looking back on the past time.
“I want to win again this year. Right now, our team is good enough to win again,” he said, expressing confidence in his second consecutive victory.
Last season, the team won, but Kelly couldn’t laugh. In 30 games, he played 178 2/3 innings, the most since the 2019 season, but at the same time, he had the highest ERA of 3.83.
WHIP 1.242, 0.5 homers and 2.0 walks per nine innings with 6.5 strikeouts. 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings were the lowest since debut season 2019 (6.3), and WHIP was the highest along with 2021.
Notably, he showed signs of nervousness with an ERA of 4.44 in 18 games in the first half of the season. Had he failed to regain stability in the second half of the season (12 games and 2.90), his season would have been in a worse shape.
What was the problem? “I was greedy for too much, I was trying to throw too well. I think I was trying to do it too perfectly,” he said, recounting the problem.
Having given up his greed, he has regained his good performance. “I tried to keep it simple. In the second half of the year, I made a commitment to focus only on keeping the top spot, and as a result, I started throwing better,” he explained. “I think I can do better this year.”
Having started playing folk balls last season was a huge income. “Having been watching my balls a lot, I knew that my ball was a curveball, and it was hard not to swing here. It was like a fastball to hit a batter who was aiming for a curveball, but I wanted to throw a different ball to get more strikeouts.”
Kim Jin-seong, a pitcher for the same team, was a great help when it came to getting new weapons. “I talked a lot with Kim. Depending on the ball count situation, I asked how to throw and what grip I used to throw, and I tried to find the grip that best suited me,” Kim said.
There are many things that change in the new season until the pitch clock, which will be applied in earnest in the second half of the year to the automatic strike judgment system (ABS).
Regarding Peach Clark, he asked his father, Pat Kelly, for advice as Triple-A manager under the Cincinnati Reds.
“My father’s team has used Peach Clock for the past two years. As the season progressed, I asked how he adapted. The first month after the opening was an adjustment period, but I heard that as time went by, he got used to it and the game time got faster.”
In the KBO, many foreign players move repeatedly in a season. It is a luxury to get some free time to adapt to the league. It is not an easy stage.
“I’m proud that I’m the longest-tenured foreigner in the league,” Kelly said, expressing pride. “This is a team that fits me really well, and has changed my career. I’m working hard with the mindset that every season is my last. I’m trying to enjoy it at the same time,” Kelly said, expressing his commitment for the sixth season in which he will be wearing striped uniforms.