A Japanese data analysis company analyzed the weaknesses of the WBC Korean team.
Data Stadium, a data analysis company in Japan, released an analysis of the weaknesses of the Korean national team. The company analyzed that ‘use of left-handed pitchers’ would be the core of the Japanese team’s strategy. It was noted that 메이저놀이터there are not many left-handed pitchers in the KBO league who throw fast balls close to 150 km/h. Then, as a basis for using left-handed pitchers, he paid attention to the changes in the records of Mel Rojas Jr. (former kt Wiz) and Andrew Suarez (former LG Twins), who have experienced both Korea (KBO) and Japanese professional baseball (NPB).
Rojas, a former KBO league MVP, signed a two-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers and challenged the Japanese stage, but was kicked out after leaving a disappointing record with a batting average of 0.220 in 149 games in two seasons. Lohas, who had a batting average of 0.379 against left pitchers in the KBO League in the 2020 season, was sluggish with a batting average of 0.148 against left pitchers in the NPB in the 2021 season.
Suarez played in the KBO League in the 2021 season with an average ERA of 10-2 and 2.18, and then wore a Yakult Swallows uniform the following year. However, in the first group, he was kicked out leaving a poor figure of 6.23 ERA in 6 games. In the KBO league, average fastballs in the upper half of 140 km/h worked, but it was different in Japan.
As another reason, the company also mentioned that the Korean national team struggled against Japan in the 2019 Premier12 competition. At that time, the Korean batting line recorded a batting average of 0.260 against right-handed pitchers in Japan, but it was recalled that the batting average against left-handed pitchers was only 0.183.
The record of Lee Jeong-hoo, who is considered the number one guard of the Japanese national team, was also presented as a basis. The company claimed, “Lee Jung-hoo, who has a batting average of 30% against left-handed pitchers in the KBO league over the past five seasons, was also silent at the Tokyo Olympics with no hits in 12 at-bats (against left-handed pitchers).”
The company analyzed, “For the Japanese national team, left-handed pitchers with speeds of over 150 km/h, such as Shota Imana (Yokohama DeNA Baystars), Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Golden Eagles), and Keiji Takahashi (Yakult Swallows), will be the winning spots for the Korean game.”
Meanwhile, the company selected Korea and Japan as the second best in Group B. As a result of scoring on a 10-point scale (total score of 60 points) for six items, including hitting, mobility, selection, bullpen, defense, and experience, Japan ranked first with a total of 50 points, and Korea ranked second with 44 points. Australia ranked third with 27 points, China ranked fourth with 26 points, and the Czech Republic ranked last with 24 points.