Kwang Hyun Kim
RP - STL
Kwang Hyun Kim was handed a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals 7-4 win over the Padres.
Saint Louis provided Kim with plenty of run support right off the bat as they hung four runs on Chris Paddack in the first inning. While the 32-year old wasn't very sharp, he limited the Padres enough over his 3 2/3 innings before turning it over to the Cards bullpen that did a stellar job holding down the powerful San Diego lineup. The Cardinals now turn to the veteran Adam Wainwright in hopes of taking the series and advancing to the Divisional Round.
Kwang Hyun Kim will start Tuesday’s Game 1 of the Wild Card round against the Padres.
Kim will take on Dinelson Lamet in the wild card round Game 1 on Wednesday. He ended the 2020 season yielding only five runs in last starts. Kim owned a 1.62 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB over 39 innings this season.
Kwang Hyun Kim allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 4-2 on Thursday. Kim threw 99 pitches, 61 of them for strikes. The run came in the fourth inning when Kim allowed three singles before getting Orlando Arcia to line out to end the frame. The Cardinals improve to 28-26 with the win and lead the Reds by 0.5 games for Second Place in the NL Central.
Kim finishes the year with a 1.62 ERA, 4.51 xFIP, 5.54 K/9, and 2.00 K/BB over 39 innings pitched this season. Owners preparing for next season can consider Kim a late round flier.
Kwang Hyun Kim allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four in five and one third innings pitched as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-4 on Saturday. Kim threw 103 pitches, 68 of them for strikes and allowed two solo home runs - one to Ke'Bryan Hayes and the other to Jose Osuna. Kim garnered a no-decision for his work on Saturday. The Cardinals are now 25-24 on the season with a one game lead over the Cincinnati Reds for second place in the NL Central.
Kim has a 1.59 ERA over 34 innings pitched this season but his 4.48 xFIP indicates he may be due for some negative regression. He has elevated his strikeout rate in recent starts (7.27 K/9 over his last three starts) to be more in line with his numbers in the KBO. Kim is scheduled to face Milwaukee and Corbin Burnes on Thursday. Owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues can consider Kim a middle of the road streamer for his final start of the season.
Kwang Hyun Kim pitched seven innings allowing zero runs and six base runners on three hits and three walks as the Cardinals fell to the Brewers 2-1 in Game One on Monday. Kim allowed three doubles on the afternoon and one of his walks was intentional. He threw 87 pitches, 54 of them for strikes, and was unlucky because the Cardinals provided zero run support for him. The Cardinals moved to 20-21 with the loss.
Kim has a 0.63 ERA in 28 2/3 innings pitched for the Cardinals this season. He has allowed four runs, two earned in his big league career but 4.72 xFIP indicates some negative regression is likely in his future. Kim's success is fueled by an unsustainable .193 BABIP and 3.9% HR/FB rate. Kim maintained a 3.27 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 1673 2/3 innings pitched in the KBO before coming to America this season. Fantasy owners can use Kim's KBO numbers when evaluating his potential for next season. Kim's next start is scheduled to be Saturday at Pittsburgh against Chad Kuhl where he is a recommended streamer in 12-team standard redraft leagues.