In April alone, Eric Peddy (NC Dinos), An Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes), Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears), and Na Kyun-an (Lotte Giants) seemed to heat up the competition for the pitcher title.
However, as time goes by, this player’s presence stands out. Doosan foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara is the main character.
Alcantara has pitched in 8 games this season, recording 4 wins and 2 losses with an ERA of 1.50 in 48 innings. Thanks to his continued upward trend, he ranked high in various indicators as of the 15th, including 2nd in earned run average, 3rd in wins, 3rd in strikeouts, and 4th in on-base percentage per inning (WHIP).
Alcantara also showed its true value in the home game against KIA on the 14th, the most recent appearance.
6 innings, 7 hits, 9 strikeouts, no runs, achieved 5 consecutive quality starts (QS). He delayed his 5th win of the season to the next opportunity as the score was tied at one point due to the bullpen’s hunting, but he laid the foundation for the team’s victory with his good pitching.
Alcantara, who experienced the KBO league at KT Wiz in 2019 and Doosan in 2020, stepped on the 10-win mark in both seasons. In particular, in the 2020 season wearing a Doosan uniform, he won the Golden Glove in the KBO League pitching category, beating prominent competitors with 20 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 2.54 in 31 games, 198⅔ innings.
Alcantara, who left Korea after a splendid season, had some difficulties with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). His 2-year NPB career record was 4-6 in 63 games with an average ERA of 3.96, and he did not show the power he showed in the KBO League. In the end, Hanshin delivered a release notice to Alcantara in mid-October of last year.
In the end, Alcantara returned to Korea, where he had many pleasant memories, and Doosan, which had to find a new foreign pitcher, welcomed his return.
As much as I had a successful experience in the KBO league, the burden was less on the team. At the time of his recruitment, he said confidently, “As a result of looking at Alcantara’s pitching and detailed data, I confirmed that he maintains the 체스카지노 highest level of pitch and command in the KBO League.”
Until mid-April, a question mark was attached to Alcantara’s success in ‘KBO League Return’. On the 1st of last month, he started the opening game against Lotte at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, and was greatly sluggish with 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 4 innings. In the next appearance, against KIA in Gwangju on the 7th, he became the winning pitcher with 6 scoreless innings, but in the away game against LG on the 14th, he suffered a defeat with 7 runs in 4 innings (1 earned run).
However, from the 8 innings and 1 run against Hanwha on the 20th, until the KIA match on the 14th, the mound was not handed over to the bullpen before the 6th inning. He showed ‘salty pitching’ to such an extent that his earned run was less than 1 point in all 5 games.
‘Lee Seung-yeop’, who had been slowing down for a while, is also picking up speed again thanks to Alcantara’s strong fight. Doosan, which continued to compete for the middle rank, decorated the series sweep against KIA last weekend with a series sweep, resulting in a season record of 17 wins, 1 draw and 16 losses. Another foreign pitcher, Dylan Pyle, was dropped from the first team again, but he puts his hopes on Alcantara’s comeback.