Samsung Lions outfielder David Buchanan (34) is back in the rotation after being scratched early due to neck pain. Buchanan will make his 23rd start of the season in the 12th game of the season against Hanwha on April 22 at Daejeon’s Hanwha Life Eagles Park.
Buchanan is 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 games and 135 innings pitched this season. He has been a steady presence in the rotation with no major injuries and has pitched responsible innings as a starter.
He is the epitome of consistency, having pitched the fourth-most games and innings among starters.
He needs just two more wins to reach double-digit wins in the KBO for the fourth straight year. After topping 15 wins in each of the first two years of 2020 and 2021 (15 wins to 16 wins), Buchanan won just 11 games last year, but his 3.04 ERA was his best in three years. He’s on pace for another career-high 3.06 this season.
The longer you play in the league, the worse it gets, but Buchanan has been able to overcome it with constant self-management and hard work. Off the field, he’s a prankster for the cameras, but on the mound, he’s the most determined warrior in the world.
His competitive nature leads him to throw a lot of pitches in each game.
He throws between 90 and 100 pitches in the sixth inning and never stops. There”s no stopping him in the seventh inning. There”s no point in trying to stop him. They don’t care if they leave runners on base in the seventh and know that their ERA will go up because of the runner in scoring position. “A starter who starts every five games should be more accountable for the games he starts.” He is very conscious of the importance of contributing more to the team than himself.
Sometimes he worries too much. My knee often hurts due to gout, so I worry a lot.
He’s had a lot of trouble this month. On the 4th, he pitched through the 7th inning against LG Electronics in Daegu. He received a salute from former teammate Park Hae-min. On the 11th, he threw a lot of pitches in the first inning and finished the sixth inning with 127 pitches.
Eventually, he seemed to break out.
On the 16th, when he pitched after a four-day break, he complained of neck pain after the second inning against the Daegu LG.
He took the mound in the third inning and tried to throw, but pitching coach Kwon Oh-joon pulled him off. He came off the mound without being able to cut the minutes. When he returned to the bench, he was still angry with himself. In the end, the team lost 3-6, which made him even more depressed.
Luckily, it wasn’t a shoulder or arm problem.
“He said he sprained it in the second inning when he turned his head to watch the video replay of Moon Bo-kyung’s foul ball to left field.”
Fortunately, Dam’s condition improved quickly.
During the last three games of the home series against KIA, he was his usual energetic self, running in and out of the dugout and playing with the cameras. Buchanan was one of the first players to greet the players who came in after a home run.
Now that he’s back to full strength, Buchanan will start against Hanwha on April 22 as scheduled.
His shoulder and arm were well-rested. He’s coming off five days of rest and only threw 24 pitches six days ago.
If Buchanan returns to the mound in perfect shape, he’ll make two starts against Hanwha on the 22nd, followed by a Sunday start against Daegu Kiwoom on the 27th.
The opponent is a lower-ranked team and their bats have been on the rise lately, so Buchanan should have an easier time of it if he’s healthy. However, the key will be whether he can overcome the physical strain of pitching on four days’ rest once again.
Buchanan is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against Hanwha this season.
The No. 4 hitter is 5-for-9 (.556) with two home runs and two doubles. Noh has six home runs and 19 RBIs in his last 10 games and is one step away from reaching the 30-homer plateau for the first time in his career. His timing with Buchanan will need to be taken with a grain of salt in clutch situations.
Jang Jin-hyuk (5-for-3), Choi Jae-hoon (2-for-2), and Kim In-hwan (8-for-4) are all strong hitters for Buchanan.
In four games against Kiwoom, he is 1-2 with a 2.59 ERA.
Outside of Kim Tae-jin (4-for-3), there aren’t many batters on the current roster who have hit Buchanan’s pitches particularly well. 파워볼사이트