Choi Hyeong-woo is back with the Tigers.
SBS Sports commentator Lee Soon-cheol said, “KIA has been on the rise since Choi Hyung-woo’s final home run and has come this far,” while relaying the match between Doosan and KIA in Jamsil on the 12th and 13th. It’s true. On April 21, in the bottom of the 9th inning when the Gwangju Samsung Game was trailing by 2-4, Choi Hyung-woo pulled Lee Seung-hyeon’s 146km fastball from 1st and 2nd base and hit a three-runner with superior finish.
KIA recorded 4 wins and 10 losses with a loss against Busan Lotte on April 20th. However, from the match against Samsung on April 21, when Choi Hyung-woo’s three-run four came out, to the match against Lotte in Gwangju on the 3rd, he was on the rise with 9 wins and 2 losses. However, it is on a downward trend again after the cancellation of the 3 consecutive matches against Changwon against NC on the 5th and 7th from the Gwangju Lotte match on the 4th. On the 9th, he caught the Gwangju SSG game with ace Yang Hyeon-jong at the head, but lost the last 5 consecutive times, including a sweep loss in 3 consecutive weekend matches against Doosan.
In the end, 14-17, win-loss deficit -3. Because of Choi Hyeong-woo’s dramatic one shot, it seems that there will be a big difference between Choi Hyeong-woo’s performance during the period of 9 wins and 2 losses, but it is not. Choi Hyeong-woo is the most consistent hitter in the KIA this season. From the opening until April 20, he had a batting average of 0.302, 1 home run, 6 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
From April 21 to May 3, he did a little better, going 15-for-41 with a batting average of .366 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. However, he struggled with 6 hits in 20 at-bats, a batting average of 0.300, 1 home run and 5 RBIs even during the 5th consecutive loss from the 9th. He poured oil on the team when the flow was good, and when the team was bad, he silently showed productivity and supported the KIA lineup.
Choi Hyeong-woo has not been good for the past two years. The return to production and consistency this season are signs that he is not dead yet. Anyway, finishing is important for hitters who are entering their twilight years of play, but Choi Hyeong-woo shows off his class while proving his skills. He is still a great influence on his team.
However, when KIA is not in a good mood, the reality is that the image of ‘Choi Hyung-woo Tigers’ comes to mind. It is true that the ups and downs of the junior hitters who need to create synergy with Choi Hyung-woo and push and pull each other are great. More than Choi Hyeong-woo, Ryu Ji-hyeok and Ko Jong-wook are making great strides with high batting averages in the 30% range. However, they are not the type that can make a game changer by hitting long hits at every chance. They are perfect for the role of setting the table with elaborate strikes.
Kim Seon-bin also suffers from an ankle injury, but hits relatively consistently. He is a veteran who does his part no matter where he is placed, such as table setter and center batting line. Recently, he hit in four consecutive games. However, Kim Seon-bin, who has a heavy defensive burden, cannot forever fill the role of Choi Hyung-woo.
Socrates Brito, Hwang Dae-in, and Byeon Woo-hyuk are the players who have to play their part in the short-term and long-term. Socrates has a batting average of 0.273, 2 homers, 16 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.697 in 31 games this season. It was 4 hits in 20 at-bats with a batting average of 0.250 and 1 RBI during the 5-game losing streak.
Hwang Dae-in has a batting average of 0.211, 2 homers, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.581 in 27 games this season. 3 hits in 16 at-bats with a batting average of 0.188 during the 5-game losing streak. Byun Woo-hyuk had a batting average of 0.169, 3 homers, 11 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.568 in 23 games this season. 1 hit in 12 at bats batting average of 0.083 during 5 consecutive losses. On the 12th and 14th, against Doosan in Jamsil, he was not appointed at all.카지노사이트
As their productivity does not come out, their dependence on Choi Hyung-woo and their isolation seem to be deepening. It is not something that can be solved in a short period of time, and Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyeok are the future star hitters who must somehow survive and go together. Socrates is a foreign batter, so he can think of a plan B at any time. However, KIA people will not be able to erase the thought that Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk want to explode more. It’s a full-time job for 1-2 years, but no one takes care of it.
5 losses again. In the end, the KIA hopes that Choi Hyung-woo will solve the decisive one is the most likely winning formula. Na Seong-beom will return only in June. It is also unknown whether the additions of Kim Do-young and Choi Won-joon in June will completely solve the troubles of other players. However, even in the second group, there are no hitters who clearly stand out. With such heavy steps, KIA enters a three-game series against Samsung on the 16th and 18th.