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Kim’s Struggles Continue Against Mets

Posted August. 31, 2006 06:56,   


Until midseason, Kim Byung-hyun (27, Colorado Rockies) seemed to gain firm ground with his team, but the ground has been getting shaky these days.

After Kim went less than five innings in a loss to the New York Mets, the National League leader, the official website of Major League Baseball reported that his recent rough outing could negatively impact his contract for next season on August 30.

Kim signed with Colorado after the end of 2004 season for two years at $4 million. He was paid $1.5 million this year, but the 2007 season contract is optional. Colorado has a 2007 option worth $2.5 million or a $250,000 buyout on Kim. The website said, “Kim has to reverse his current trend in order to have another year in Colorado.”

Since the win against Milwaukee in which he gave up one run in eight innings, Kim has failed to add another win, with four defeats in five straight games including the one to the Mets. He is staring at a 12.21 ERA in his last three starts.

His performance against the Mets was inconsistent. In the first inning with two outs, he allowed a solo homer to Carlos Beltran and then two more consecutive hits — Carlos Delgado’s double and David Wright’s single — to yield another run.

Kim again allowed a two-run home run to Jose Reyes in the second inning after a two-out walk to pitcher Steve Trachsel.

Wright hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, and that was the end for Kim. His replacement failed to hold Wright from scoring, making Kim’s final line at seven hits, two walks, six strike outs, and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched. The defeat marked his 10th of the season, recording double-digit defeats for two consecutive years (five wins and 12 defeats in 2005). Colorado lost 5-10 to Mets.

Meanwhile, Barry Bonds (42, San Francisco) slammed two homers in a game for the first time this season against Atlanta, raising his career home run total to 722. He is now only 28 home runs away from the Major League record of Hank Aaron (755).