There was a reason why the club had the highest amount ever… A transfer student who had a 10K strikeout show
Tampa Bay Rays Jack Eflin (29) played his best performance after transferring.
Eflin started the home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 5th (Korean time). On this day, he recorded 3 hits, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts and no run in 7 innings. He showed quality start plus pitching (pitching less than 3 earned runs in 7 starting innings) and led Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory. With this, Ephlin harvested his 4th win of the season.
It is Ephlin who showed off his godly pitching. His ball left the Pittsburgh hitters helpless. Eflin made opposing batters’ bats go round and struck out 10. Ahead of this season, Eflin, wearing a Tampa Bay uniform, played 7 innings for the first time since transferring. The total number of pitches that day was only 80.
Tampa Bay is one of the best small market clubs in the major leagues. Even players who have established themselves as franchise stars are boldly put up for trade at the point of obtaining FA qualification. Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell also wanted to stay, but Tampa Bay traded him to the San Diego Padres. Korean major leaguer Choi Ji-man also established himself as a starting first baseman, but was traded to Pittsburgh a year before becoming a free agent.
It is Tampa Bay that is stingy with investment. However, last winter, it caught attention with a big investment. This is because he signed a three-year 안전놀이터 contract with Eflin for a total of 40 million dollars (about 53 billion won). It’s the largest free agent contract in franchise history, surpassing Wilson Alvarez’s 5-year, $35 million deal in 1997.
Eflin has a history of injuries, but Tampa Bay needed a starter. While already building a starting lineup with Shane Mcclanahan, Tyler Glasnow, Drew Rasmussen, and Jeffrey Springs, Eflin has built a solid 5th starting lineup. And Eflin is proving his worth with his healthy form.
Ephlin is on the way to success in the first year of transfer. He posted a 2.25 earned run average with 4 wins and 28 innings in 5 games. He also boasts a very low WHIP (on-base percentage per inning) of 0.96. Amidst Ephlin’s performance, Tampa Bay ran 3 consecutive victories. With a record of 26 wins and 6 losses, they are leading the American League East Division alone.