“The moment you look at the numbers, your mentality breaks down.”
Is it thanks to a word from LG Twins coach Yeom Kyung-yeop? Lim Chan-gyu (30, LG) achieved 11 wins in 5 years.
Lim Chan-gyu started in the second game of the doubleheader against SSG Landers held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 17th and contributed to the team’s 9-5 victory by allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings. Personally, I achieved 11 wins in the season. This is the record for most individual wins set in 2018.안전놀이터
Lim Chan-gyu’s pitching on this day was unstable. He came close to having the bases loaded twice in the first and third innings. The flow of the game was unstable, as he threw 39 pitches in the first inning alone. However, he overcame his crisis on his own. He gave up only 1 run with 1 hit and 2 strikeouts on two occasions when the bases were loaded.
Lim Chan-gyu said, “When the game was bad at the beginning, the coach told me to throw the same pitch. When I came back after the third inning (which prevented the crisis), the coach said, ‘I can see the numbers (team’s wins, losses, records, etc.), so you’re trying to do too well. He said, ‘It’s the same.’”
Lim Chan-gyu said, “The manager said, ‘It’s okay to hit a home run or a hit. Don’t worry about anything else and think of it as throwing to the middle.’ (So) miraculously, I started to have control of my pitch. Thanks to that, I pitched well in the 4th and 5th innings. “It’s the same,” he said.
As coach Yeom Kyeong-yeop said, this is a season in which ‘numbers’ are something that will stand out to Chan-gyu Lim. He chose to become a free agent (FA) after the 2022 season and has played the role of the team’s second starter this year with 11 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.69. His earned run average is also the best since his 2011 debut.
Director Yeom Kyeong-yeop emphasized that the more we do this, the more we should not be conscious of records. Even before the game on the 17th, he pointed out the relationship between records and mentality. Regarding LG second baseman Shin Min-jae, who is trying to hit .300 for the first time in his career (0.302 as of the 18th), he said, “If you think about .300, you won’t be able to hit .300. If a player sees that number, he won’t be able to hit it.” “If you think, ‘I’m playing my baseball by hitting a batting average of 0.280,’ I’ll hit .300,” he advised. He continued, “The moment you look at the numbers, your mentality breaks down. That’s what baseball is like. People who stick to their routine play their own baseball, and people who look at the numbers will never have an (excellent) career.”
LG, which had always been frustrated on the brink of winning until last year, has grown into an overwhelming team this season. In addition to Lim Chan-gyu and Shin Min-jae, Hong Chang-gi (batting average 0.340, on-base percentage 0.452), who is challenging for the batting king and on-base king, and Moon Seong-ju (batting average 0.298), who is challenging for a full-time .300 batting average. The pitching staff also made a surprise appearance, including a rising pitching team of Baek Seung-hyun, Yoo Young-chan, and Park Myung-geun, as well as Lee Jeong-yong, who became a starting pitcher. They are breaking a career high this year.
Director Yeom Kyeong-yeop consistently tells them, “Don’t look at the numbers.” As a result,