Despite the two-year, eight-win disaster, the team’s faith is selected this year.
“We are going to start rotation this year as well.”
“Yusei Kikuchi (32) will be in charge of starting rotation this year as well,” Jerry Deporto, head of the Seattle Mariners, said in an online press conference with local media on the 20th (Korean time) 토토사이트
Kikuchi signed a four-year, $56 million guaranteed contract with Seattle in 2019 and a maximum of $19 million for seven years. The Seattle team also paid $20 million to the posting team.
Although he took on the big league challenge with high expectations, the result was devastating. He has an ERA of 5.39 with 8 wins and 15 losses in 41 games in two seasons. He has two wins, four losses, and a 5.17 ERA in nine games this season. Considering that the 2020 season was only played 60 games due to the shortened season, it was hard to get rid of the stigma of “eating and running.”
It was Kikuchi, who was rarely able to adapt to the big league, but the Seattle team had a “corner of faith.” Seattle recently hired Hisashi Iwakuma as its special coach.
Iwakuma played in a Seattle uniform from 2012 to 2018, and in 2015, he achieved his second no-hitter of all time as a Japanese pitcher against the Baltimore Orioles. As the Japanese legend, who made a mark in Seattle history, came, he expected synergy with Kikuchi.
The Seattle club called for the growth of young pitchers, including Kikuchi, saying, “I think it has a good influence on young pitchers. I don’t neglect to prepare at any time and respect team mates.”