The KIA Tigers, who are aiming to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row, feel that the vacancy left by central hitter Na Seong-beom, who is out for the season due to an injury while running the bases, is too big. The destructive power of the central batting line has decreased significantly.
On the 22nd, they narrowly won 2-1 against KT Wiz and escaped a 7-game losing streak, but on the 23rd, they were dragged by opposing foreign ace William Cuevas with a no-hitter until one out in the bottom of the 9th inning. If it weren’t for Kim Do-young’s triple, he could have been humiliated. I can’t help but miss Na Seong-beom.
A breakthrough is needed in batting. A long hitter like Na Seong-beom, who hit 18 home runs in 58 games, cannot emerge any time soon. In times like these, strategic baseball is necessary. There is a need to brighten the mood by opening a path with the table setter’s foot ball.
KIA Tigers top hitter Park Chan-ho prepares to return to the 7th consecutive away game.
Before the home game against KT Wiz held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 23rd, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said of Chan-ho Park, “I am thinking about starting next week.”
Coach Kim said, “Park Chan-ho is scheduled to undergo a hospital examination on the 25th,” and “if the results come back good, we plan to have him play as a starter starting on the 26th.”
On the 12th, Chan-ho Park suffered damage to the ligament of his left fourth finger while sliding headfirst to first base after hitting a grounder in front of the shortstop in the 5th inning of the Daegu Samsung Game. When he was first diagnosed, he was told that he would need three weeks of rehabilitation, but he is recovering quickly and has recently been doing batting training and is playing in spades.
When Chan-ho Park returns, Park Chan-ho and Kim Do-young’s fast table setter will be activated, making foot baseball possible. Manager Kim said, “Our team needs fast runners to survive and run, but our central batting lineup tends to get on base a lot. We have some problems in the base running department,” and hoped that Park Chan-ho would join and shake up the opponent’s defense.
Chan-Ho Park is clearly showing signs of growth this season. In 119 games, he has a batting average of .302 (125 hits in 414 at-bats), 3 home runs, 48 RBIs, and 64 runs scored. His on-base percentage of .308 2 and slugging percentage of .305 8 and his OPS of 0.740 are showing his best performance since his debut. He is also being mentioned as a strong candidate for the shortstop Golden Glove Award. He is tied for second in stolen bases with 29 stolen bases.토토사이트
If Park Chan-ho and Kim Do-young make it difficult for the opponent’s mound and defense with their sophisticated hitting and quick feet, it will help the central batting line’s hitting and be a plus factor in improving scoring power.
KIA lost to KT on the 23rd, giving up 5th place to SSG Landers and becoming 6th, one game behind. 4th place Doosan is 3 games behind 5th place SSG. They are 4 games away from 6th place KIA. Rather, they are narrowing the gap to 3rd place NC by 1.5 games and 2nd place KT by 3 to 5 games. It looks like SSG and KIA are narrowing down to a two-way battle for 5th place.
Therefore, Park Chan-ho’s return is necessary and the results of the examination on the 25th are important.