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NC Dinos right-handed pitcher Shin Min-hyuk (24) began showing off his presence in 2021 (30 games, 9 wins, 6 losses, average ERA 4.41), when he played in the full-time starting rotation for the first time since his debut. However, he was not always enough to give 100% confidence. This is because he had so many ups and downs. Until this year, he has pitched more than 100 innings for the past three consecutive years and has established himself as the team's main force, but the deviation between good and bad times has hardly decreased.
However, he transformed into a completely different pitcher in this year's postseason (PS). From the wild card (WC) match against the Doosan Bears on the 19th to the third round of the semi-playoffs (semi-PO, best of 5) against the SSG Landers on the 25th, the NC starting staff did not meet expectations. Only Shin Min-hyuk, who started the first game of the semi-PO on the 22nd, did his part with 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and no runs in 5.2 innings, but in the other 3 games, all starting pitchers retired without completing the 5th inning.
Even though NC's momentum was very good up to the semi-PO, the reason why they were not able to easily assume the upper hand ahead of the PO (best of 5 games) against KT Wiz was because of the difference in the weight of the starting lineup. Excluding Eric Peddie, the prevailing analysis was that they were behind KT. Conversely, this also means that even if only one pitcher appears to support Peddie, he can receive strength. Shin Min-hyuk played that role.
Shin Min-hyuk started in the 2nd away game between KT and PO on the 31st and led the team to a 3-2 victory with a perfect pitch of 6.1 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and no runs. In two fall baseball games this year, he pitched 12 scoreless innings. A total of 81 pitches were thrown, including a fastball with a maximum speed of 144 km, a cut fastball (cutter), a change-up, and a forkball, and the strikes (54) were twice as many as the balls (27), making efficient pitching possible thanks to good control. did. He also stood out for his courage in confidently digging into the body of the opposing batter.
He was truly unstoppable from the 1st to 6th innings. Other than a double to the left field line hit by Moon Sang-cheol after two outs in the bottom of the second inning, he did not invite any crisis. He pitched aggressively thanks to the batting line that supported 3 runs until the 3rd inning, and cheered every time he finished the inning, raising the mood.
His only crisis was in the bottom of the 7th inning. After giving up a walk to Anthony Alford with one out, Byeong-ho Park was guided to a ground ball to third base, but due to a catching error by second baseman Min-woo Park, he ended up on first and second base and had to pass the baton to Jin-wook Ryu. Fortunately, Ryu Jin-wook ended the inning by inducing Jang Seong-woo into a double play.
Shin Min-hyuk's contribution to creating an environment in which the team could win was enormous. Thanks to him holding on without giving up a single point, NC was able to shake off KT's last-minute chase and win. Shin Min-hyuk was selected as the Daily MVP (Best Player) and received a prize of 1 million won.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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