Kwang-hyun Kim Makes Huge Sacrifice For Cardinals' Playoff Hopes
As the MLB season winds down, teams have a clear-cut idea of their postseason hopes and what exactly it takes for a final playoff push. That's no different for the St. Louis Cardinals, who find themselves 4.5-games back for the final National League Wild Card spot.
With the season on the line, Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim has opted to make a huge sacrifice in his injury rehab in order to bolster this final postseason push.
Kwang-hyun Kim Injury Update
Kim has been sidelined on the 10-day injured list since Aug. 9 with elbow inflammation. This was already a huge blow for St. Louis considering Kim has been one of their most reliable starting pitchers this season (3.36 ERA, 1.220 WHIP).
The second-year lefty was recently cleared from the 10-day IL and slated for a rehab outing. But, Kim and his manager Mike Shildt understand the importance of his arm. So, instead of stretching out his pitch count for the next week or two weeks in the minor leagues, Kim plans to be activated immediately into the bullpen.
Scoring just 4.07 runs per game at the plate (25th), the Cardinals know their pitching staff is their best chance of making the postseason. Cardinals' relievers rank just 17th in the league with a 4.20 ERA and surely Kim's arm could bolster those stats.
Currently, the Cardinals hold just +12000 odds to win the NL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook, but the Wild Card spot is very much up for grabs.
Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!
Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.