Meryl Kelly (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Drew Luchinski (Oakland Athletics), who played an active role in the KBO League, will face off in the Major League.
Kelly and Luczynski will be starting pitchers in the regular league match between Arizona and Oakland, which will be held at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California on the 16th (Korean time).
In 1988, Kelly and Luczynski, who were the same age, succeeded in re-exporting to the major leagues after playing for four seasons in the KBO League. Both players also experienced winning the Korean Series. The active periods do not overlap. Kelly left for the major leagues and Luchinski stepped on the KBO league stage.
Kelly played for SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers) for four seasons from 2015 to 2018, recording 48 wins and 32 losses with an ERA of 3.86 in 119 games. Except for 2016 (9 wins), she achieved double-digit wins in all of the other three seasons (11 wins in 2015, 16 wins in 2017, 12 wins in 2018). In 2018, she also experienced winning the Korean Series.
From 2019 to 2022, Luchinski played as the ace of the NC Dinos, recording 53 wins, 36 losses and an ERA of 3.06 in 121 games. Except for 2019 (9 wins), which was the first season of his KBO League debut, he recorded double-digit wins for three consecutive years (19 wins -15 wins -10 wins). In 2020, he played an active role in NC’s first integrated victory.
The major league record is ahead of Kelly. In the first season of his major league debut in 2019, Kelly, who drew attention by recording an average ERA of 4.42 with 13 wins and 14 losses, recorded 13 wins and 8 losses with an average ERA of 3.37 last year and played an active role as Arizona’s practical ace. Thanks to these performances, he was also selected for the 2023 World Baseball Classic USA team. He is also cruising this year with a 3-3 record and an earned run average of 3.18.
Luczynski made his big league debut in 2014, but he hasn’t had an impressive record. He posted a 4.33 earned run average with 4 wins, 2 losses and 4 holds in 32 games in 2018, which was his career high. Afterwards, he went through the KBO league and joined the Oakland starting lineup this season, but was sluggish with an average ERA of 8.16 with 3 losses in 3 games.메이저놀이터
The team atmosphere is also very different. Arizona has recently won three games in a row and is in second place in the National League West. Oakland is the lowest team in the American League West and the lowest win rate (9 wins, 33 losses, 0.214 win rate) in the major leagues. They are the only team out of 30 that has yet to achieve double-digit wins.
Expectations are rising as to who will laugh between Kelly and Luchinski in the face-to-face match between the starting pitchers of the ‘KBO reverse export’ who have many things in common.