Shall we show human victory? It is a material that can often be seen in movies and dramas that a star of the past has tried again and succeeded. The same thing happens in sports too. And on the 23rd in Jamsil, Doosan Bears’ Jang Won-joon takes on the challenge. He’s starting for a winning pitcher in five years.
Jang Won-Jun was appointed early as the starter for the home game against the Samsung Lions in Jamsil on the 23rd. After throwing in the second team, he came up to the first team from the 18th and is preparing to start with his teammates.
On October 7, 2020, SK Wyverns match (1⅔ innings, 4 runs) was the last start. After that, there was no starting opportunity for two years until last year, and only came out as a midfielder.
Jang Won-jun is a veteran pitcher in the hearts of Doosan fans. This is because he is the pitcher who opened the Doosan Dynasty. Jang Won-joon, who came to Doosan as a free agent in 2015 after playing as the left-handed ace of the Lotte Giants, played a major role in winning the Korean Series that year. He appeared in 30 regular season games, going 12-12 with a 4.08 earned run average. At the time, when foreign pitchers could not play the 1st and 2nd starters due to injuries and sluggishness, he and Yu Hee-gwan led the starting team and finished 3rd in the regular league. And after that, it rose steadily in the postseason and beat Samsung in the Korean Series to rise to the top of the Korean Series. Jang Won-joon shared a moment of glory by winning one win each in the semi-playoffs, playoffs, and Korean series.
In 2016, he recorded 15 wins and 6 losses in 27 games, taking the lead in the second consecutive victory in the Korean Series. Jang Won-jun, who did his part as a starter with 14 wins in 2017, also earned the honorable nickname of ‘Jang Ku-jun’ from Doosan fans for always pitching steadily.
But he started riding his downhill from 2018. He threw so consistently that once his body was broken, he had a hard time coming back. He was excluded from the selection and at some point became invisible in the first team. At the end of every season, whether or not Jang Won-joon will retire has become a matter of interest to fans.
Last year, Jang Won-joon pitched in 27 games, recorded 1 loss without a win, and an average ERA of 3.71 with 6 holds. He also stood at a crossroads between retirement and challenge. Coach Lee Seung-yeop, newly appointed to Doosan, allowed his last challenge.
Although he worked hard, he was left out of the first team at the opening. Still, Jang Won-jun, who did not give up, looked for an opportunity by throwing as a starting pitcher in the 2nd team.
He showed a stable appearance with an average ERA of 3.60 with 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games. He pitched 20 innings, striking out 18 while walking only 5.
When prospect Lee Won-jae, who started as a replacement for Pyle Dylan, showed poor performance, manager Lee finally gave Jang Won-jun a chance to start.먹튀검증
On the 19th, director Lee personally watched Jang Won-joon’s bullpen pitching scene in Suwon. At the time, he said, “I look better than during camp and exhibition games. I felt that I was in good condition when practicing.”
Kwak Bin, who was out with an injury, plans to return this weekend, and Dylan is also preparing to return. Jang Won-joon may not get a chance to start again for the time being. You can throw in the 1st team as a middle pitcher, and then you may have a chance to win, but as a starter, throwing 5 innings and coming down from the lead to meet the requirements for a winning pitcher is the most suitable 130 wins for Jang Won-joon, who has been active as a starting pitcher.
Catcher Yang Eui-ji, who won 129 wins with Jang Won-joon, is highly likely to return and work together on the 23rd. If the two make 130 wins together, another story will be born.