The average ERA has not fallen from the 10-point range for the 18th game. This is the story of Shintaro Fujinami (29, Oakland Athletics), a Japanese major leaguer who throws a ball as fast as 100 miles per hour (about 160.9 km).스포츠토토
Fujinami started on the 3rd (Korean time) in the match against the Miami Marlins in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Londipor Park in Miami, Florida, USA.
The American sports media ‘CBS Sports’ reported the news of Fujinami’s appearance and said, “Fujinami plans to pitch one or two innings before passing the baton to pitcher Hogan Harris, who will throw many innings.”
Fujinami started and faced the Miami lineup. He started well. In the bottom of the first inning, the first batters, Luis Arae and Jorge Solaire, were caught with a foul fly by the third baseman and a ground ball by the second baseman, respectively, and quickly raised the outcount.
He had 1 out count left to complete the task given to him, but he could not catch that 1 and conceded a run. After getting a heavy hit from third hitter Brian Del La Cruz, he allowed follow-on hitter Jesús Sanchez to hit a two-run homer that went over the left wall, giving the team a 0-2 lead.
After conceding, he ended the inning with a swing strikeout after a full count match against veteran Yuli Gurriel. From the bottom of the second inning, he passed the mound to Harris and finished the mound for the day. His final performance was 1 inning, 2 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 runs allowed. His fault was that he did not finish the inning cleanly and gave up one home run. His highest speed was 100.7 miles (about 162 km), and he threw a fast ball, but he could not block the opponent’s batting line.
▲ This season, Fujinami (No. 11) is continuing his sluggish pitching.
Fujinami threw a challenge to the major leagues ahead of this season. From his demonstration game, he has raised expectations with his fastball, but as the season begins, he continues to pitch sluggishly. Due to his stagnation, he was demoted to reliever after being deprived of the starting pitcher spot, and even after he went down to the bullpen, he has not been able to raise his senses.
Fujinami’s performance this year is 18 games, 2 wins, 6 losses, 1 hold, 31 innings, an average ERA of 12.19, 32 strikeouts, and a WHIP (on-base percentage per inning) of 1.97. Since his big league debut, he has never been sluggish to the point where his earned run average has never exceeded the 10-point range. He has also pitched no earned runs only 6 of 18 times.
Meanwhile, Oakland lost 0-4 against Miami. Fujinami, who gave up points in the beginning, recorded 6 losses in the season.