It is difficult to find a pitcher as consistent as David Buchanan (34).
The Samsung Lions won 2-1 at the end of the 12th inning against the NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League held at NC Park in Changwon on the 21st. With the victory on this day, Samsung was in 7th place with 17 wins and 21 losses in 38 games.
The good fight of veteran Oh Seung-hwan at the last minute also played a part in Samsung’s victory on this day, but it was difficult to say without mentioning Buchanan’s stake. Buchanan, who started as a starter, neutralized the opponent’s batting line by recording a high-quality start with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 run in 7 innings. Thanks to Buchanan’s good fight, Samsung was able to extend the game to overtime, and Kang Min-ho’s sacrifice play in the finals brought victory.
Along with the KIA Tigers,안전놀이터 Samsung, the most prestigious team in the KBO League, has not been able to stand on top again since winning the championship in 2014. Samsung has been showing a jagged appearance since winning the championship, but Buchanan joined in 2020 and continues to show a steady appearance.
Buchanan showed an outstanding appearance with an average ERA of 3.45 in 27 games in 2020, 174⅔ innings, 15 wins and 7 losses, an average ERA of 3.10 in 30 games in 2021, 16 wins and 5 losses in 177 innings, and an average ERA of 3.04 in 160 innings, 11 wins and 8 losses in 2022. In the case of 2021, he also pitched well in the playoffs. It is also encouraging that his good grades are getting better and better.
This season, he is recording an average ERA of 2.61 with 3 wins and 2 losses in 9 games and 58⅔ innings until the 21st.
What makes Buchanan’s appearance this season even better is that he has never skipped a rotation despite his performance. After his first appearance on April 1, he pitched 5 or more innings in all 9 games he started, hitting the minimum pitch of a starter in every game.
Buchanan is making a big success without skipping a rotation. Photo┃Newsis
Buchanan of such consistency is taking the impact with a phenomenal appearance with 25K 5 earned runs in 21 innings if limited to the last 3 games. It is a bonus to be integrated into the Samsung locker room and receive support from teammates.
The blue-blooded ace has shown unwavering steadiness since joining in 2020. His skills are also steady, and he rotates the rotation steadily. It is a blessing in itself for Samsung fans.