KKKKKKKKKKKK. There’s nothing more to say about it. At his current pace, 18 wins is possible.
The product of the KBO is now cementing his place as a top-tier starter in the major leagues. Arizona Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly (35) played for the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) from 2015 to 2018. He made it to the major leagues after playing for SK.
Kelly was the starting pitcher for the 2023 Major League Baseball’s home game against the Boston Red Sox at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on 29 September.스포츠토토
After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning by striking out Justin Turner on a wild pitch, Kelly was able to gain momentum on the mound as Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Corbin Carroll’s two-run homer to left-centre field. After giving up a leadoff single to Masataka Yoshida in the top of the second, Kelly struck out Jared Duran and Triston Casas in succession to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a Geraldo Perdomo solo shot to right-centre field.
Kelly struck out leadoff hitter Emanuel Valdez in the top of the third and gave up a double to right to Connor Wong, but induced Alex Verdugo to ground out to second and Rafael Devers to ground out to first to keep the scoreless streak alive. In the top of the fourth, he walked Yoshida with one out, but again nothing happened. Just like in the second, he struck out both Duran and Casas. In the top of the fifth, two infield flies and an infield grounder got Kelly out of a three-out jam, and in the top of the sixth, he retired Verdugo, Devers, and Yoshida on strikeouts.
After striking out Duran to lead off the seventh, Kelly gave up a single to Casas and a walk to Enrique Hernandez and Arizona opted to bring in Andrew Chaffin. Leaving the mound with two runners on base, Kelly was forced to surrender his first and last run of the game when Verdugo singled to left.
The result was 6 1/3 innings, four hits, two walks, 10 strikeouts and one run. Arizona won 4-2, and Kelly picked up his sixth win of the season, moving him into a tie for the National League lead in wins with teammate Zack Greinke, along with Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Justin Verlander (Chicago Cubs) and Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh Pirates). He’s on pace to reach 18 wins at this rate. This is the second time this year that Kelly has had a double-digit strikeout game. On 6 June, he pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Washington Nationals, striking out 10. Kelly lowered his season ERA to 2.83.