“Sometimes you see some pitchers who are better at blocking games.”
Go Woo-seok (24, LG), the national team finisher, showed resoluteness as a pitcher even in a difficult match-up situation.
One of the things the Korean national baseball team pays most attention to in preparation for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) is matchmaking. In this WBC, the match starts from the 10th inning with no out and second base.
At the Keno Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, where training is underway, national team coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “It is more advantageous to play second than first, and it is difficult if you do not score in a match. He expressed his concerns.
In any situation, Go Woo-seok is likely to be the last pitcher to climb the mound. Go Woo-seok is the best finisher at the moment, winning the salvation king last year with 4 wins, 2 losses, 42 saves, an average ERA of 1.48, and 80 strikeouts in 60⅔ innings in 61 games.
Ko Woo-seok, whom we met after the national team training on the 21st (Korean time), expressed his candid feeling, saying, “I hope it doesn’t go to the game.” If I think about it and throw my ball in the same way, I wonder if there will be good results.”
Go Woo-seok’s attitude when he said that seemed more relaxed. It may be because he found stability through his marriage last month, but the nightmare of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned out to be medicine. In the first match of the semifinals against Japan, Ko Woo-seok climbed the mound at the end of the 8th inning, where the score was 2-2, and induced a grounder hit from 1st base to double play. However, Ko Woo-seok’s foot, which entered the first base cover, misplaced the ground, not the base, and became 2nd and 1st base. Afterwards, he was put on the verge of being loaded with a wild throw, an automatic intentional four-ball, and a walk, and was hit with a sweeping double by Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult) and became the losing pitcher.
In response, Go Woo-seok calmly said, “I have memories that can’t be erased. But it didn’t become traumatic. I lacked my skills at that time. I think saying ‘I was nervous’ is too arrogant. Being nervous is all part of my skills.” answered.
Rather, he carved the memories into his head and grew up. As the routine became more detailed and delicate, it also helped me to find some time to spare. Ko Woo-seok said, “I realized that there was no ball I could choose in a tense situation. I also wondered what would happen in this tournament because I thought that I had made more effort and improved with that tournament as an opportunity. I want to fight with confidence this time.” . 먹튀검증
The new groom, who joined the camp leaving behind the sweetness of her newlyweds, is showing off her good condition. In the practice game against NC on the 17th, he appeared as the last pitcher of the national team and kept an 8-2 victory with 1 hit, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 1 inning. According to KBO officials, Major League scouts who visited the stadium were quite surprised by Go Woo-seok, who is already throwing a ball that exceeds 150 km per hour.
He has a more mature mindset and skills, and has good memories of winning matches, so he has no worries. Go Woo-seok said, “I experienced match-ups in high school, and my grades were quite good. Of course, the WBC (opponent hitter’s level) can’t compare to that time. But I think it’s the same to erase the situation and focus only on the batter in front of you.” showed confidence.
The best event in a match-up situation is three consecutive strikeouts (KKK). Go Woo-seok, who strikes out more than 11 strikeouts per 9 innings, is of course capable of doing so. In response to the reporter’s question, “Is it okay to expect three strikeouts in a row?” Ko Woo-seok expressed his aspirations, “Although we are against professional players, we have to catch the KKK. I will be determined to do that.”