The number of walks has definitely decreased. The effect of the strike zone, which has been widened as per the rules since last season, has had an excellent effect in reducing walks. The number of walks decreased as the ball that was previously a ball became a strike.
In 2021, the number of walks was 5892, setting the record for the most walks since 2015, when the 10-team system began. However, the total number of walks last year decreased by 962 to 4,930. This is a reduction of 16.3%.
The team with the most walks decreased was SSG Landers. In 2021, SSG, which had the third-highest disgrace by giving 629 walks, reduced a whopping 172 last year and gave only 457 walks. A surprise rebound of at least 3 places. Thanks to the reduction in walks, the stability of the mound increased, and SSG was able to write a new era of winning wire-to-wire.
The Lotte Giants also reduced 167 from 659 to 492, and KT, which was the team that allowed the least walks in 2021 with 489, reduced 125 to 364 and still ranked first in the least walks.
The Doosan Bears, who were at least fifth in 2021 with 587 walks allowed, only reduced the lowest by 32 with 555 last year. With the highest number of 2nd place, the ranking also fell to 9th place. Hanwha reduced 71 from 673 to 602, but still could not escape the disgrace of being the most allowed walk.
The pitcher who gave up the most walks last year was Hanwha Kim Min-woo, who allowed 84, Doosan’s Robert Stark was second with 83, and KIA Eui-ri Lee was third with 74.
Strikeouts also increased. In 2021, 273 increased from 10,196 to 10,469, which was the third largest number ever since 2015. A decrease in walks resulted in a decrease in on-base and reduced runs scored. The total score was 6523 points, a decrease of 373 points from 2021’s 6896 points, which was the lowest score since 2015.
Enlarging the strike zone did not result in a decrease in all strike numbers. As the zone widened, the tendency to hit at a fast count rather than wait for the ball increased, and the number of hits increased by 235 from 12,556 to 12,801. The batting average was 2.6, the same as in 2021.