BALTIMORE—It’s been a season of firsts for Hyun Soo Kim. On Wednesday, it’s another one. He’ll start for the first time at home against a left-hander, and not just any left-hander, but against one of the best in baseball, David Price.
“This is just another game of baseball. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a lefty or a righty. I will just treat them the same way. The main focus is for us to win and so I will do anything I can do in order for the team to win,” Kim said through his interpreter.
Kim is 0-for-14 against left-handed pitchers, and isn’t shy about facing them. On July 1, he started against Seattle's Wade Leblanc and went 0-for-2.
“I have seen a lot of videos to analyze and I have tried to get prepared in that way. I know, I am aware, that I’m not successful against lefties this year. But I know, regardless of the result, this year I will try my best to make it better,” Kim said.
Manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to start Nolan Reimold, who is 4-for-33 (.121) against Price. Reimold is 4-for-46 (.087) since the All-Star break.
“Nolan’s had quite a history with Price. Nothing to really hang your hat on, but there are a lot of people who fit into that category, though, and I just felt like it was our best option tonight. If you look at track records in Korea, it wasn’t an issue for Kim. Obviously, the quality of pitching is better here. As he goes forward with us next year, you’ll see a better hitter against left-handed pitching, but it’s going to be a challenge for him tonight,” Showalter said.
Kim has watched Price, but isn’t nervous about the assignment.
“I am very aware that David Price is, of course a great pitcher, but all the pitchers that he has face so far are also great pitchers. So it doesn’t really matter who that pitcher is. I’ll just try to remain as myself, to be up on the plate and face them just as usual,” Kim said.