Is 2023 an unsolved season?
Even though Alec Manoa (25, Toronto Blue Jays) pitched the best pitch of the season, success did not follow. On the 23rd (hereinafter Korean time), he started in an away game against the New York Yankees in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, 7 innings, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, no runs, but it was a no decision.
Manoa took 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA in 31 games in 2022, surpassing Jose Berrios and standing tall as an ace. He even became the starting pitcher representing the league by finishing third in American League Cy Young voting. However, a true ace should consistently show averages over 2-3 years.안전놀이터
This season is a season to verify whether an ace can make a long run. However, the March-April move is unstable. His earned run average soared to 6.98 in the first four games of the season. He has a fast ball, but it’s around 95 mph. Not top class. Still, he was good at sharp commands and the ability to use breaking pitches such as changeups and sliders. He wasn’t very good at striking out, but he had good judo skills. In his first four games of the season, his command was a mess, and he lost a lot of runs and couldn’t lead long innings.
However, against the Yankees on this day, he reproduced last year’s good form. At the beginning of the game, it was impressive to see him striking out by inserting a slider persistently against hard hitter Aaron Judge on a four-seam around 95 miles. He gave up a walk and stolen second base to Oswald Peralta after one out in the third inning, but struck out Anthony Wolff on a high fastball swinging and missing. In the first at-bat, Judge, who competed with a slider, was stunned with a sinker on his body and induced a ground ball to second base.
Then, he demonstrated the power to pass 4 to 6 episodes one after another with a tripartite offense. After one out in the 7th inning, he got a hit, but struck out Willie Calhoun and Francy Cordero and finished the inning with a ground ball to second base. Towards the end, he sprayed a power ball of 95 to 96 mph.
However, the batting line was blocked by Gerrit Cole, who was playing very well in the early stages of this season. Cole gave up 4 hits, 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 5.2 innings. In terms of content, Manoa won by decision, but as the match progressed, both were no-decision. In the end, the Yankees won 3-2 with DJ LeMayhew’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Manoa has an average ERA of 5.13 with 1 win and 1 loss in 5 games this season. It’s definitely a worse start than last year. It is important to continue the good fight of the day into the next game. On the 6th, against the Kansas City Royals, he also won his first win of the season with 1 hit, 5 strikeouts and 5 walks without a run in 7 innings, and then collapsed in the next two appearances.