It can’t be a shocking downfall. The player who re-entered the major leagues after playing in the KBO league and wrote the myth of ‘reverse export’ is now facing the biggest crisis in baseball life.안전놀이터
Chris Flexen (29), who had only left 3 wins and 11 losses with an ERA of 8.07 while playing for the New York Mets from 2017 to 2019, joined the Doosan Bears in 2020 and took on a new challenge. After that, in the postseason, he developed into a real ace and led Doosan to advance into the Korean Series.
His performance in Korea soon led to a reversal in his life. Flexen signed a 2+1 year contract with the Seattle Mariners for up to $12.75 million (approximately 16.8 billion won) ahead of the 2021 season. And finally, in 2021, he played an active role with an average ERA of 14-6 and 3.61, serving as Seattle’s main starting pitcher and setting an example of a reverse export myth. Last year, he had a decent season with an average ERA of 3.73 with 8 wins and 9 losses while going back and forth between starting and saving.
In fact, the contract guaranteed to Flexen was only 2 years, 4.75 million dollars (approximately 6.2 billion won). However, there was a vesting option to receive $8 million (about 10.5 billion won) in 2023 when pitching more than 300 innings in 2021-2022, and Flexen easily filled the vesting option by throwing 179⅔ innings in 2021 and 137⅔ innings in 2022.
The problem was then. Flexen has increased his ransom, but he has not been able to show a pitch equivalent to it. Flexen, who was kicked out of Seattle with 4 losses and an ERA of 7.71, is now playing for the Colorado Rockies, but is 1-1 with an ERA of 8.53.
Flexen’s pitching continued in the 2023 Major League Milwaukee Brewers match held at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 10th (hereinafter Korean time). Flexen, who took the mound as a starting pitcher, could not prevent his season’s ERA from soaring to 7.92, struggling with 8 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 5 runs in 5 innings.
Flexen’s highest speed on this day was 93.8 miles (151 km). He threw a variety of balls, including a four-seam fastball (55), cutter (28), changeup (12), slider (9), and curveball (2), but to no avail. In particular, in the bottom of the 5th inning, he hit a two-run home run off Willie Adames, followed by a solo home run off Andrew Monasterio into left midfield, allowing the game to come to a 4-5 comeback.
Flexen, who bowed his head to back-to-back home runs, is showing a shocking move by recording 17 home runs in 55⅔ innings this year. In 2021, the first season in Seattle, he hit 19 home runs in 179⅔ innings, and last year hit 17 home runs in 137⅔ innings. How long will the shocking downfall of Flexen last? As for him, he will become a free agent when he finishes this season, but it is unclear whether he will be able to knock on the big league stage again.