Major League Baseball’s (MLB) San Francisco Giants’ Lee Jung-hoo (26) is looking forward to facing Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (26) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lee and Yamamoto, who both made their MLB debuts last December, will be playing in the National League (NL) West starting this year. Lee signed a six-year, $113 million contract with San Francisco, while Yamamoto signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers.
When Yamamoto starts against San Francisco this season, he will be facing Lee in the big leagues. The Giants and Dodgers, traditional NL rivals, 카지노사이트 will meet 13 times this year. Starting with a three-game series on April 2-4, they will meet on May 15-16, June 29-July 1, and July 23-26.
Lee left for the United States via Incheon International Airport on April 1 to begin preparations for the season.
Before his departure, Lee mentioned Yamamoto’s name when asked which pitcher he would most like to face in the big leagues.
“Yamamoto is coming to the same planet, but I think it will be a different feeling when I meet him in the national team and MLB. I’m curious about him and want to hit the ball,” he said, looking forward to the matchup. Lee has had some close encounters with Yamamoto in international competition when he pitched for the Japanese national team. They faced each other for the first time in 2019 at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 and Lee struck out on three pitches.
The next time they faced each other, however, he was successful. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021, he went 2-for-3 against Yamamoto, 카지노사이트 추천 including a double and an RBI single to right field to win the decision. Their meeting at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) last year was canceled when Yamamoto did not pitch against South Korea.
Now in the MLB, Lee and Yamamoto are reunited on a dream stage. It will be interesting to see if Lee can succeed in catching Yamamoto in the big leagues.