It’s a life reversal. Daein Dunning (29, Texas Rangers), a ‘Korean big leaguer’, was finally selected as a representative player for performing well in each division this season, although not all-star.
On the 18th (hereinafter Korean time), CBS Sports selected 6 players who did not stand out in the 6 divisions but continued to perform well. Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) was selected for the National League West Division, and Chaz McCormick (Houston Astros) was nominated for the American League West Division.먹튀검증
However, CBS Sports also selected a kind of ‘Acha Award’ as an ‘honorable mention’. I’m talking about the second place, but I picked Dunning as the second place in the American League West. Dunning, a Korean-American and right-handed pitcher, was invited to play for the 2023 WBC Korea National Team.
At the time, Dunning politely declined as he was facing hip surgery at the end of the season. Dunning, who has returned to health, will perform well this season. In 26 games (18 starts), he went 9-4 with a ERA of 3.10, a batting average of 0.237, a WHIP of 1.14, and 97 strikeouts in 127⅔ innings.
Texas has significantly strengthened its starting lineup ahead of this season. Starting with the acquisition of Jake deGrom for five years and $185 million (approximately 247.5 billion won), the starting lineup was completely reorganized through a trade with the free agent. Long Relief was the place for Dunning, who started all 29 games last year and recorded 4 wins, 8 losses and an ERA of 4.46.
However, as deGrom left after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Dunning returned as a starter and performed more than expected. He is 7-4 with a 3.35 earned run average in 18 games as a starter and 2 wins with a 1.77 earned run average in 8 games as a bullpen pitcher. Even in August, he is very stable with 1 win in 3 games and an ERA of 2.18. It’s a twist no one expected.
CBS Sports said, “Texas spends all of its money on recruiting pitchers in the offseason, but Dunning is the pitcher who leads Texas in innings.” In fact, dunning ranks first in the team with John Gray for the most innings. His current status on the mound is next to that of ace Nathan Eovaldi (19 wins, 11 wins, 3 losses, 2.69 ERA).
CBS Sports said, “Dunning allowed two runs or less in 10 out of 18 starts, and did not strike out double digits in a half until August, but struck out 11 in August (7⅔ innings against the Chicago White Sox on the 3rd, 3 hits and 1 walk). 1 run) and 12 strikeouts (7 hits, 12 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings against the San Francisco Giants on the 14th).”
Texas is the sole leader in the American League West with 72 wins and 49 losses. They were ahead of the Houston Astros in second place by 2.5 games. Challenge the presidency by winning the district. If Dunning can wear the World Series championship ring this year, it will be remembered as the best year. And for Dunning, it’s already the best season of his career. As Korea needs to prepare for the 2026 WBC, it is necessary to continuously check dunning.