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Free agent pitcher Oh Seung-hwan returns home after down year with Cardinals

2017/10/11 18:20

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By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- Free agent pitcher Oh Seung-hwan returned home Wednesday after a disappointing year with the St. Louis Cardinals in his second big league season.

The South Korean right-hander went 1-6 with a 4.10 ERA and 20 saves in 62 appearances for the Cardinals this year. He struck out 54 and walked 15 in 59 1/3 innings.

Though he set a career-high in saves, Oh, 35, lost his closer's job midseason. His last save came on Aug. 31.

These raw numbers pale in comparison to those from his strong rookie year, when Oh was 6-3 with 19 saves and a 1.92 ERA after taking over as closer in the summer. He recorded 103 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 79 2/3 innings.

Oh is a free agent this winter, as his two-year deal with the Cardinals expired at the end of the season.

Oh is the career leader in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) with 277 saves, collected in nine seasons with the Samsung Lions. He earned 80 more saves in two years with the Hanshin Tigers in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in 2014 and 2015 before moving to the majors.

In this Associated Press file photo taken on Sept. 23, 2017, Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (Yonhap) In this Associated Press file photo taken on Sept. 23, 2017, Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (Yonhap)

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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