Maeda Kenta (35)’s comeback match passed like lightning. It was a return match after 591 days, but it was a day to find meaning.
Maeda started the game against the Miami Marlins held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida on the 5th (Korean time), and gave up 79 pitches, 3 hits (1 home run), 9 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings.
Maeda underwent an elbow ligament joint surgery in September 2021 and entered a long rehabilitation and returned to the start this season. It has been 591 days since the New York Yankees match on August 22, 2021 (4⅓ innings, 5 runs).
It was his first big league appearance since returning from injury, but he recorded a high of 92.3 mph (148.5 km) and an average of 91 mph (17), slider (29), splitter (21), sinker (11), curve (1). has spoken
With no runners out in the second inning, Avisail Garcia’s solo home run was the only ok. However, Maeda, who has a clear decision ball, showed off his power by striking out more than half of the out counts. However, he was replaced after allowing a hit to lead batter John Bertie in the sixth inning.
As he was being replaced, a trainer came on the mound. When Maeda opened her arms, everyone tensed up again. However, Maeda said in an interview with local media after the game, “My elbow doesn’t hurt. His arm was stiff, so he shook it, but he seems to have come up because he was worried.”
However, Maeda became a losing pitcher. His only allowed home run was the winning run. This is because Sandy Alcantara, a Miami starter and last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner, won a complete shutout with 100 pitches, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and no runs in 9 innings.
Perhaps the biggest reason is the introduction of a new concept called the pitch clock, in which the ball must be thrown within 15 seconds when there is no runner and within 20 seconds when there is a runner, but Alcantara became the main character of the game by leading this tempo at his own pace. Maeda had to stay as a bridesmaid.
However, thanks to Maeda, he threw the ball at a fast tempo. At the same time, his tongue stuck out at the tempo of Alcantara. He said,안전놀이터 “The pace of the opposing pitcher was quite fast. When I threw and came back and sat on the dugout bench, it was two outs,” he said. “The break time was quite short. The opponent’s pitching rhythm was good, so there may be more fatigue than usual.”
But Maeda was unmoved by the new rules, and he was confident it would help him too. He said, “There will be parts that can be used well while playing the game. Even a batter can only take time once. If you use that time well, you will be able to put it to good use.”