Will Samsung Lions foreign pitcher Albert Suarez (34) be able to smile brightly this year?
Suarez first stepped on the Korean stage last year. The point of his charm was that he was a fireballer with an average fastball speed of 152km, and that he used a variety of pitches. Stable control was also cited as a strength. He was evaluated 온라인바카라 as a ground ball judo-type pitcher, and he expected to play an active part in Daegu Samsung Lions Park, a hitter-friendly stadium.
However, Suarez only managed to win once at home. On October 8 of last year, in the final home match against SSG Landers, he won his first win at Lions Park with a good pitching of 6⅓ innings, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts and no runs. It’s not that Suarez couldn’t throw. I didn’t get a lot of wins because I didn’t follow the victory.
Suarez was the ‘icon of bad luck’ in the 2022 season. In front of his name, the modifier ‘Sukrai’ followed. There were days when he lacked scoring support from the lineup, but there were also days when he lost victories by burning the bullpen.
Last year, Suarez digested 173⅔ innings in 30 games and recorded an average ERA of 2.49 with 6 wins and 8 losses. He made 19 quality starts (QS, pitching less than 3 earned runs in 6 starting innings), but was unable to connect with victory. Suarez ranked 4th in ERA among all pitchers in the KBO League, and QS was tied for 7th. It is Suarez who made an impressive enough performance.
Seungri needs the help of his teammates. It is only possible to receive support for scoring and to protect the victory of the gyetoojin. According to the baseball statistics site ‘Staties’, Suarez received a 4.20 scoring support, and the relief team won 11 games. It means that the batting line and bullpen support were lacking.
This year, Suarez wears a blue uniform. The contract was signed for a maximum total of $1.3 million (a contract fee of $100,000, an annual salary of $900,000, and an incentive of $300,000), an increase of $300,000 from the previous year. He is expected to carry out the one-two punch mission with David Buchanan.
In the meantime, Samsung has not received help from foreign pitchers except for Buchanan. Suarez quickly adapted to the KBO league and showed off his skills. Samsung could have a big smile while looking at such Suarez. I wonder if Suarez will have more smiling days now.