U.S. results mixed for Korean trio of pitchersThree South Korean pitchers playing in the U.S. major leagues have had mixed results this year, with half of the baseball season played.
Starting pitcher Park Chan-ho of the San Diego Padres has a 6-4 record with an earned run average of 4.29. Last year, Park had a 12-8 record but his ERA stood at 5.74 and he lasted only 5 1/3 innings on average.
This year, he is averaging 6 1/3 innings per start, regaining some of his reputation as an “innings eater.” Park has thrown 109 innings, the most on the team. In the 16 games he’s started, the team has had a 10-6 record.
Pitching for the Colorado Rockies, Kim Byung-hyun finished the first half of the season with a 5-5 record and 4.89 ERA. Kim has a 3-3 record at home and 2-2 away. Kim, too, has succeeded in securing a position in the starting rotation and seems to have shaken off the injury bug. He started the season late in May due to injuries to his shoulder and ankle.
Seo Jae-weong, who started the season with the most promise as he tried to build on an 8-2 season and 2.59 ERA with the New York Mets last year, developed control problems.
He began the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was traded in late June, along with two minor league prospects, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for southpaw Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall. Seo has tried to pitch in and out from the rotation for Tampa. The righthander’s ERA has ballooned to 5.22 this season with the Dodgers and Devil Rays, and he has a combined 2-6 record.
by Brian Lee