WHIP 0.44 in last 15 G starts…Otani rival Fujinami ‘rebounding’
Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami (29, Baltimore Orioles) has changed his game.
Fujinami pitched one inning of scoreless relief out of the bullpen in the Orioles’ home game against the New York Mets at Camden Yards in Camden Yards, Maryland, on Friday. He took the mound in the top of the ninth inning with a 10-3 lead. Gave up a double to Pete Alonso with one out, but retired Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte to end the game without allowing a run. He threw 12 pitches. Nine were strikes.
Fujinami was 5-8 with an 8.57 ERA in 34 appearances for the Oakland Athletics. He was acquired by Baltimore in a trade on March 20 and has been steady in his seven starts with a 3.52 ERA. In his last 15 starts, he has a lower ERA of 2.00. His walks allowed per inning (WHIP) in that span is 0.44, which is “exceptional.카지노사이트
Fujinami is no stranger to Korean baseball fans as a rival to fellow Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) alum Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), who joined the organization in 2013. He signed a one-year, $3 million ($3.9 million) short-term deal with Oakland last winter, and all eyes were on him to see what he could do when he realized his dream of making it to the big leagues. He’s a fireballer with a fastball that tops out at over 100 mph (160.9 km/h), but his stuff is a problem. He self-destructed on the mound early in the season by walking a lot of batters, but he’s settled down a bit. He has emerged as a must-win pitcher for Baltimore, which is in first place in the American League East with a 68-42 record and a .618 winning percentage.