Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly (35) tied for the most wins in the National League.
Kelly started the match against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA on the 10th (Korean time) and recorded a victory with 7 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6⅓ innings. 먹튀검증
After playing in the KBO League SK (now SSG) from 2015 to 2018, Kelly signed with Arizona in 2019 and fulfilled his dream of making his major league debut. Since then, he has established himself as a starting pitcher for Arizona’s main axis and has become a representative runner in the case of reverse export in the KBO League.
Kelly, who is 44-38 with a 3.84 earned run average in 110 major league games (650 innings), is having his best season this year. He recorded 8 wins and 3 losses with an earned run average of 2.92 in 13 games (77 innings), tying with Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) for the most wins in the National League.
Kelly, who signed a two-year, $18 million (approximately 23.3 billion won) + 2025 team option extension contract with Arizona in April of last year, has been performing amazingly since the first year of his extension contract. In addition to being tied for the most wins in the National League, he is running at the top in key indicators such as 5th in earned run average, 7th in innings, and 9th in strikeouts (82).
The secret to Kelly’s growth this season is his outstanding control and diverse pitches. The percentage of sliders that started throwing last season rose to a significant level at 5.2%, and four-seams (25.8%), changeups (23.4%), cutters (18.5%), curves (13.7%), and sinkers (13.3%) showed a diverse repertoire of pitches. are showing Among them, the hit rate of the changeup is showing its power, lowering from 2.43 (45 hits in 185 at-bats) last season to 1.29 (9 hits in 70 at-bats) this season.
According to the location + (average of 100), an index that calculates the value of pitching locations on the US statistics site Fan Graph, Kelly is ranked 7th in the major leagues with 107. Although Kelly’s four-seam average is not fast at 92.4 miles per hour (148.7 km/h), he is successfully targeting major league hitters by using various pitches in good locations.
Fans are very much looking forward to whether Kelly, who is performing outstandingly well with her annual salary, will be able to turn this year into the best season.