In the first year of a $9 billion multi-year contract, the Nansai ace is on fire…and with an AG gold medal, he’s a force to be reckoned with

The first year of the five-year, $9 billion multi-year deal has been a success. Although he had a rough start to the season, he overcame it and got back on track. Park Se-woong (28) of the Lotte Giants has been the ace in the hole for Nanse.

Park pitched eight innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts and no walks against Jamsil LG on April 23, helping the Giants to a 2-1 victory and snap a three-game losing streak. Park picked up his fourth win of the season.

After going 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA (14 earned runs in 24 innings) in his first five starts, Park has rebounded with a 1.57 ERA (9 earned runs in 51⅔ innings) in his last eight games, including seven straight quality starts (six or more innings of three earned runs or less). He is one of the best pitchers in the league, ranking second in the league in ERA and third in innings pitched during that stretch.

Even when the team was on a downward spiral in June, Park kept them in games, but the offense didn’t help and the bullpen blew it. The bullpen blew the chance for a comeback. On the 6th, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six innings against KT. On the 11th, he pitched 6⅔ innings against Samsung Electronics, giving up two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts, but the bullpen failed to protect the lead and the team lost 4-6 in extra innings.

He also pitched a quality start against league leader SSG on the 17th, pitching 7 innings of 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run, and came off the mound with a 5-1 lead, but the bullpen gave up 7 runs in the 8th inning, and the team suffered a shocking 5-8 loss.

Despite the bad luck and the team’s downward spiral, Park kept the team from falling further. He did not hesitate to play the role of an ace in the midst of a difficult situation and took it upon himself to support the team. On the 23rd of this month, LG Electronics took the mound in the midst of a three-game sweep of KT. The support from the batting lineup was not good either. On this day, they also gave up a run in the seventh inning, but after limiting it to the minimum, they tied the game in the eighth inning and were in charge until the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Park secured the win for himself and prevented the team’s fourth straight loss.

Park signed a five-year, 9 billion won non-free agent contract before the season. At the beginning of the season, he was caught off guard by the aftermath of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and his unexpected slump. But after a long wait, Park has found his offensive groove and regained his form and stature as a homegrown ace and the league’s best homegrown pitcher.

Park has been named to the Korean National Team for the Hangzhou Asian Games in late September. If he wins gold, the value of his five-year contract will change.

If Park wins a gold medal at the Asian Games and receives military service benefits, Lotte’s bid for him could be even more successful. In the current KBO landscape, if a starting pitcher of Park’s caliber were to hit the free agent market, the starting price would be $9 billion, and the total could soar to more than $10 billion if there is competition. Lotte’s move could prove to be a huge success.메이저사이트

The first year of Park’s multi-year contract is going well, compared to the disappointment of other non-free agent multi-year contracts, such as SSG’s Park Jong-hoon (5 years totaling 6.5 billion won), Moon Seung-won (5 years totaling 5.5 billion won), and NC’s Koo Chang-mo (up to 7 years totaling 13.2 billion won).