The Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Drew Rasmussen (28), who ranked first in the major leagues (30-9), summoned the legendary Sandy Koufax, who won the Cy Young Award 3 times, with excellent pace.
Rasmussen started against the New York Yankees in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA on the 12th (Korean time).
As an ace leading the starting lineup, perfect pitching continued. The cutter, sinker, and sweeper showed their power throughout the game, drawing the bats of the Yankees lineup. In particular, in all three confrontations against the opponent’s main gun, Aaron Judge, he struck out and tied it up tightly, and did not send a single hitter to the base except for giving a multi-hit to the sixth hitter, Jake Bowers.
The final score was 7 innings, 2 hits, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and no runs. He led the team to an 8-2 victory and won his fourth win of the season.
Rasmussen has been displaying clean pitching this season. On this day, he recorded 4 wins, 2 losses, 44⅔ innings, 47 strikeouts, an average ERA of 2.62 and a WHIP (on-base percentage per inning) of 1.05, including the start. In addition, with excellent pace, he is fighting hard enough to summon the legendary Koupex.
‘Optastat’, which provides professional sports analysis and in-depth data, highlighted Rasmussen’s performance by mentioning the legendary Koufax on SNS on the 12th.
OptaStat wrote, “Rasmussen recorded his fourth two-hit game in a game in which he pitched five or more innings. And a player who has done so four times in his first eight appearances of the season is only the second all-time behind Koufax in 1963.” . It’s an impressive start to a season that will go down in major league history.
Rasmussen did not stop and completed another record. Since July 29, 2021, he has not given up a single run in 20 innings in 4 games (3 starts) against the Yankees. It became the third longest scoreless streak in league history behind John Morrison (22⅓ innings) and Troy Percival (21⅓ innings), the longest in this division.
Tampa Bay Manager Kevin Keshi praised Rasmussen in an interview with MLB.com, the official website of the major leagues, after the game. “You always have to play at a high level against the Yankees, and Rasmussen did just that,” he said with a thumbs up.안전놀이터
Rasmussen, the main character, also said in an interview after the game, “I didn’t think the scoreless innings (against the Yankees) would be that long. The Yankees have a really good lineup. They attack the strike zone early with a quick count to induce a big hit, and after two strikes, the deciding ball He looked back at his pitching, saying, “I threw one ball at a time, such as throwing a .
Meanwhile, Rasmussen created a platform for victory, and the team became the first team to reach the 30-win mark in the 2023 season. There are traditional strong players such as the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays, including Tampa Bay, in the American League Eastern Division, but they are proudly maintaining their lead in the district and showing off their presence as the hottest team this year.