KIA’s obvious starter change…’Future ERA 4.35′ 35-year-old righty gets another chance

KIA and NC made different choices.

KIA and NC were unable to play the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season scheduled for 18:30 on the 29th due to rain. The game will be rescheduled after October 10. The preliminary day of the schedule released by the KBO today does not include a game in Gwangju for either team.

KIA and NC made different choices for the 30th game. KIA will use ace Thomas Pannoni in place of alternate starter Kim Gun-guk. Panoni pitched against Suwon KT on the 24th, so he’s eligible to pitch on the 30th. On the 29th, Lee Yi-ri’s replacement will pitch.

However, there will be plenty of opportunities for Kim in the future. Lee is scheduled to make his comeback start against Incheon SSG on March 2, but the team will need a backup starter for the rest of the season to fill the void left by Mario Sanchez, who will be out for three weeks with elbow pain. Kim Jong-guk is the first choice, along with Hwang Dong-ha and Kim Jae-yeol.안전놀이터

When the NC game on the 29th was canceled due to rain, Kim Jong-guk said of Kim, “I ordered him to keep the runs to a minimum even in short innings. He has a variety of pitches, some experience, and good command. His fastball is also stable. He puts strikes together easily.” 

Panoni is 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA in seven games this season. He pitched well against NC in Changwon on July 25, throwing five innings of five-hit ball with seven strikeouts and one walk. He is the ace of the KIA starting rotation, and his recent velocity is better than his peers.

NC will push Shin Min-hyuk to start Game 30. Shin is 4-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 games this season. He wasn’t bad against KIA on July 25, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings with two walks and one strikeout. It was the first rematch in a month.

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