Mariners Kikuchi “Protected by Rotation” Looking back on the first year, September 30 12:16
According to the interview, pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who finished the first year of the Major League with 6 wins and 11 losses, looked back on this season, saying, “I wanted to win more, but I wanted to be the most important to protect the starting rotation.” .
Pitcher Kikuchi transferred from the professional baseball Seibu to Mariners this season in the first year, defending the starting rotation from the start, climbing to 32 games, 6 wins and 11 losses, throwing more than 6 times with a defense rate of 5.46 The so-called “Quality Start”, which was within 3 goals, was 12 games.
Pitcher Kikuchi responded to the reporter's interview on the 29th when the regular season ended, and said, “I wanted to win more and have the downside, but I would like to take care of the first rotation. I felt joy. ”
On top of that, for the next season, “I think the most important issue is whether or not the same ball can be thrown in a stable manner throughout the year. "I want to practice desperately without forgetting that I came to the United States."
On the other hand, pitcher Kikuchi continued to play in the game even after his father died at the end of March immediately after the opening, and the first son was born during the season.
About this, pitcher Kikuchi said, “I want to give my father a good report next year. I want to be a player who can show my son a good back.”