Tied for first with multiple wins ‘The Great Reversal’ Is it a true story or a real miracle?

LG Twins’ foreign pitcher Detrick Enns (33-USA) struggled early in the season and at one point looked like he might be the second foreign pitcher to be dropped. But Enns has turned things around, tying for first in wins. Can Enns continue to keep LG company?

LG won an 8-2 victory against KT in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Aug. 8. With the win, LG maintained its lead at the top of the standings with a record of 38 wins, 25 losses, and two draws, extending its winning streak to four games. On the same day, second-place KIA lost 8-9 to third-place Doosan, extending its lead to 1.5 games.

LG starter Detrick Enns picked up another win. Enns pitched four scoreless innings before giving up a home run in the fifth. In the bottom of the first, he got leadoff hitter Rojas to fly out to right field and then gave up a six-pitch walk to Hwang Jae-gyun. But he got Kang Baek-ho to ground out to shortstop and Moon Sang-chul to strike out on three pitches.

In the second inning, he was threatened with a run. After giving up a seven-pitch walk to leadoff hitter Jang Jang-woo, Enns got out of the jam by striking out the next batter. The next batter was Oh Yoon-seok. Park took advantage of a slight misplay of Enns’ pitch and Jang stole second, but was tagged out. Oh Yoon-seok’s infield single and a walk to Cho Seok-ho put runners on first and second, but Kim Sang-soo flied out to left field to end the threat.

In the third inning, they faced another crisis. He gave up a leadoff single to Rojas and a walk to Hwang Jae-gyun, but induced Kang Baek-ho to fly out to center field and then got Moon Sang-chul to ground out to third base. In the fourth inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Bae Jae-dae, but induced Oh Yoon-seok to foul out to first base and Cho Seong-ho to ground out to the pitcher. By the fourth inning, he had thrown 72 pitches.

But in the fifth inning, he gave up a run. At the same time, he reached his pitch limit. After getting the first two outs, he had a favorable 0-2 pitch count against Hwang Jae-gyun, but then threw four pitches in a row to send him to first base. He then faced Kang Baek-ho with a 2-2 count, and his five-pitch cutter was driven into center field for a two-run double to left. Moon Sang-chul flied out to shortstop. After throwing 25 pitches in the fifth inning alone, the 토토사이트 bullpen was eventually called upon to start the sixth inning, but with a 7-2 lead, the team was able to get the win.

Including this game, Enns is 7-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 14 games this season, totaling 73 1/3 innings, 82 hits (6 home runs), 26 walks, 74 strikeouts, 44 runs (39 earned), a 1.47 WHIP, and a .279 batting average. He has seven quality starts (six innings of three earned runs or less).

After going 3-0 with a 5.35 ERA in seven games in March and April combined, Enns hasn’t been as dominant in May, going 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA. His innings pitched were particularly disappointing. His longest inning since entering the KBO was 6⅓ innings against Lotte on May 10th. There were times when he pitched well, but there were also games where he gave up eight runs (April 21 against SSG), seven runs (April 4 against NC), and six runs (May 16 against Kiwoom). LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop warned the media about the possibility of releasing him, and LG general manager Cha Myung-seok headed to the United States.

Then, Enns suddenly started pitching well. On May 28 against SSG, he struck out a whopping nine batters in six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Then, on May 2 against Doosan, he pitched six innings of two-hit ball with six strikeouts and one earned run to pick up the win, giving him a three-game winning streak until this game.

“It’s not easy to get a complete game shutout because he’s not sure of his pitches,” Yoon said of Enns the day before (July 7). “Even when he does get strikes, he gets them after hitters make a lot of cuts. It’s not a fastball count, it’s mostly a lot of strikeouts after throwing five or more pitches to a batter. So even if I get a lot of strikeouts, by the sixth inning, I’m up to 100 pitches.”

LG’s goal this season is, of course, to win the overall title for the second consecutive season. It’s not impossible. The team was in survival mode until last month, when it surged to a 13-2 record in its last 15 games. The resurgence of Kelly and Enns, as well as the dominance of the homegrown starting rotation of Lim Chan-kyu, Choi Won-tae, and Son Ju-young, have made this possible. Still, in the short term, the team needs a starter with more dominant stuff than Enns. Even so, the way Enns has been pitching lately, it’s too risky to throw away a left-hander who tops out at 150 mph. Is Enns the real deal?

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