Jeong to pitch after four days’ rest “for the first time since rookie year”, will he be the saviour of a desperate pitching staff?

Kiwoom Heroes’ Chung Chan-heon (33) will pitch after a four-day break for the first time as the team looks to end a four-game losing streak.

Chung will take the mound against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 28th.

Kiwoom is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. On the 27th, they rallied to win the game against Lotte, but ultimately lost 5-6. With the team in crisis, fifth starter Jung Chan-heon’s shoulders are heavy. Jung is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in four games (22 innings) this season. In his last start, he earned his first win of the season against KT, throwing six innings of three-hit ball with one walk and three strikeouts.먹튀검증

Chung started the season in the second team. He was unable to find a team after declaring himself a free agent last season, so he trained privately and only signed with Kiwoom after a trial game. He made his first competitive start in the Futures League on 14 March, and with Jang Jae-young, Lee Seung-ho, and others in the top five all underperforming, his chance to start came sooner than expected, and he quickly secured his spot in the starting line-up with an impressive performance.

After undergoing surgery for a back injury in 2019, Jeong has worked his way into the starting rotation with steady management. At LG, he was on a 10-day rotation alongside Lee Min-ho, and even in Kiwoom, he was guaranteed at least five or six days of rest.

This season, however, he plans to pitch in the starting rotation normally without such management. On the 23rd of this month against KT, Jeong will be pitching on four days’ rest for the first time in a very long time. In a postgame interview on the 23rd, Jung said, “I think it’s the first time I’ve started after four days of rest since I was a rookie. I keep saying to (Lee) Ji-young, ‘Don’t think about it. ‘Don’t think about it too hard. I’m a demanding type of pitcher, so let’s prepare as we always do. I think I’ll prepare for the next game like that,” he said, talking about his mindset as he prepares to pitch after four days of rest.

Manager Hong Won-ki said in an interview on the 24th, “We replaced Chung Chan-heon because of his pitch count (69 pitches) on Sunday. Fortunately, he pitched well until the sixth inning with not many pitches. It was his first time pitching after four days of rest after being converted from the bullpen to a starter, so I don’t think his previous record means much. He was a late addition to the team, but he should be a legitimate part of the starting rotation now. Still, it’s the last game of the weekend, so I’m going into it with a different game plan, including using my bullpen a little early.”

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