29-year-old Korean big leaguer forgets about hip pain… 7 innings of ’10 billion won hyeja contract’
- on Jun 25, 2023
Korean-American big leaguer Dae-in Dunning (29, Texas Rangers) is showing signs of reaching his prime.
Dunning started the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., on Sept. 24 (ET), giving up two runs on seven hits and five walks with two strikeouts. No-decision due to inadequate run support.
However, it was his longest outing in a game this season. It’s the fourth time in his career he’s pitched seven or more innings. His previous longest start was 7⅔ innings on May 1, 2022, at home against the Atlanta Braves. He hasn’t actually pitched very well in June. He’s 2-0 with a 4.18 ERA in four starts, down slightly from April when he was 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in eight starts and May when he was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in five starts.먹튀검증
However, after giving up four runs in 5⅔ innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 7, he has settled into a steady 2-3 ERA. His fastball sits in the low 90s, but he has a variety of offspeed pitches to match. He doesn’t give up a lot of strikes, but he targets all parts of home plate.
The New York Yankees traditionally have a strong offense, even without Aaron Judge, but Dunning was not intimidated. In the first inning, he got Gleyber Torres to ground out to third on a slider. In the second, with runners on second and third, he got Billy McKinney to ground out to third on a changeup and Jose Trevino to ground out to second on a slider to limit the damage to one run.
Dunning got stronger as the inning went on. With the bases loaded in the third, he got Jake Bauers to ground out to second base on a cutter. He retired the next three batters in order in the fourth and again in the fifth after a failed pickoff attempt. He retired the side in order in the sixth. In the seventh, he threw DJ LeMahieu out at shortstop with one out. He was efficient with his pitches, turning double plays at every turn. After giving up back-to-back singles in the eighth inning, he gave up two runs on a bases-loaded walk to the bullpen, which ultimately cost Texas the win.
Still, Dunning is 6-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 17 starts this season. For Texas, the loss of $185 million Jacob deGrom to season-ending elbow surgery is heartbreaking. But they can look at Dunning, who made $728,449 this year, and smile.
Dunning had hip surgery at the end of the 2022 season and his future was uncertain. Naturally, he didn’t even make the South Korean WBC team. But this season, he has proven himself time and time again. Texas has no other option but to sign him to a 1 billion won contract.