Noh Kyung-eun (39-SSG Landers) continues to pitch like a man possessed.
Through 16 days, Noh has a 9-5 record with two saves and a 3.58 ERA in 29 appearances. She narrowly missed out on the top spot, falling behind KT Wiz’s Park Young-hyun (32 holds). However, he secured second place in the holdings category regardless of the remaining games. The Doosan Bears’ Kim Myung-shin (24 holds) is third.
Noh was a starting pitcher for Doosan in 2012 and finished second in ERA (2.52). It was the highest ranking of her career. In the first half of this season, Noh led the holdings and seemed to be closing in on her first title, but a frightening surge by KT and Park Young-hyun saw her slip to second place.
Noh isn’t disappointed at all. “Not at all,” he said in a mid-season interview, when asked if he was greedy for the title. “I don’t even think about whether or not I’ll reach 30 holds,” he said.
At the time, Noh said, “I’m in the lead right now, but I don’t know what will happen. My realistic goal is to be in the top three in the hold category,” he said, “and I’m satisfied with that.” Noh achieved the “realistic goal” she set for herself.
Released by the Lotte Giants at the end of 2021, he went through a tryout and found a home with SSG. After starting and playing in the middle of the lineup last year and helping the team win a “wire-to-wire” championship, Noh has been locked in as a set-up man this season, supporting the one-year-old Go Hyo-joon (13 holds in 73 games) and SSG’s backbone. In total, Noh has appeared in 76 games, topping the team in appearances. In the KBO as a whole, he has the second most appearances with Kim Bum-soo of the Hanwha Eagles after Kim Jin-sung of the LG Twins (80 games).
Born in 1984, Noh slowed down a bit in the summer months of June (8.71 ERA) and July (4.82). Last month, she faltered with a 7.00 ERA, but she has been a big boost to SSG’s bullpen lately as the team fights for third place. In the bottom of the eighth inning of a 3-1 win over Doosan in Jamsil on April 16, he pitched a clean triple play with seven pitches, paving the way for SSG to take a commanding lead in the battle for third place.스포츠토토
Noh has not allowed a run in nine games this month (1-5). She has pitched more than two innings and even multiple innings on two occasions due to the team’s bullpen situation. In SSG’s four wins and one loss in five games against NC, which is in the “battle for third place” this month, Noh has made four appearances and recorded three holds (five scoreless innings).
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “I think it’s her ability, and I wonder if it’s not hard for her to go out for over 70 games at the age of 40. In addition, the role of the pinch-hitter is a big burden, but it’s great that he showed good form until the end of the season.”
“Pitchers can’t throw if they’re tired anyway,” said Noh Kyung-eun, who is fighting back. I’m grateful to my parents for passing on good physical strength.”