Is the KBO reverse export myth a thing of the past? What’s going on with FA

The myth of KBO reverse export is also an old saying. Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Flexen (29) is awarded.스포츠토토

On the 8th (Korean time), Flexen pitched in relief as the team’s last pitcher against the San Diego Padres in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA.

Flexen’s appearance on this day clearly showed his recent status. In the latter half of the game when the team is behind 0-8, a pitcher who handles the loss by playing long innings to finish the game. It’s a pity, but looking at his recent performance, it was a gi-yong with nothing to say.

Again, I was anxious from the start. In the bottom of the 7th inning, after getting a left-handed hit by lead batter Kim Ha-seong, he caught Alfonso Rivas as a left fielder with a floating ball. He went from 1 out 1 base to Trent Grisham at the end of a full count, a walk and a wild fight, and became 1 out 2 and 3 base. Afterwards, Fernando Tatis Jr. gave a grounder RBI to 0-9, and Juan Soto hit 1 RBI double and the score gap widened to 0-10.

He went to the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning, but it was far from a clean pitch. He allowed a straight hit to leadoff hitter Gary Sanchez, but handled it with a straight hit to third base. Afterwards, he got an infield hit by Jake Cronenworth. Subsequent hitters Matt Carpenter and Kim Ha-seong were treated as criminal hits, but Kim Ha-seong’s batted ball was also a hit and escaped the crisis due to the beast’s lake fee. The final score was 2 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk and 2 runs. Definitely not an impressive performance.

▲ Flexen needs a revival ahead of free agent (FA).

Flexen is shaking this season. He has a 7.23 earned run average and 27 strikeouts in 14 games (4 starts) and 4 losses in 37⅓ innings with a WHIP (on-base percentage per inning) of 1.77. At the beginning of the season, there was a vacancy in the starting lineup due to injuries to his teammate Robbie Ray (32), etc., and he filled the vacancy, but he hardly found stability. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 2⅓ innings, with just five no earned runs in 14 appearances, including the day he collapsed.

This year is important for Flexen. That’s because he’ll become a free agent (free agent) after the season. Over his last two seasons, he went 22-15 with a 3.66 earned run average in 317⅓ innings, appearing in 64 games (53 starts), raising expectations for a free agent contract. He was mentioned as a trade candidate for several teams that needed reinforcement of selection and received attention. But now a strange current is flowing. It has fallen into the defeat treatment tank and the sluggish trend continues.

Sports media ‘Yardbacker’ said about Flexen on the 7th, “Flexen has been the core of Seattle’s starting lineup for the past two seasons, but he is having the worst season of his professional career this year. His strikeout rate is 16.8%, which is below average, and his walk rate is below average. It is the worst figure at 9.3%,” he pointed out the sluggish current situation.

Is the myth of KBO reverse export a thing of the past? I wonder if Flexen, who is about to become a free agent, will be able to rebound for the rest of the season.

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