9 August 2023

A hot bat… Suk~ I should have survived

By pestfood.com

2nd in season batting average, Heredia injury bad news
Second half team scoring position 8th in batting average, Shin-soo
Choo, a key player in

the sluggish batting line, is hopeful. At the time, the gap between the two teams was only 2.5 games, and at the beginning of the second half, SSG narrowed this gap to 0.5 games. However, the momentum of the pursuit did not last long. On the contrary, SSG became chased by the teams coming up from below.

As of the 8th, SSG recorded 52 wins, 1 draw and 40 losses (0.565), and is in second place, 5 games behind league leader LG (57 wins, 2 draws, 35 losses, 0.620). NC and KT, who are currently building victories with fierce momentum, are chasing SSG by 3 games each.

SSG recorded a win rate of less than 50% with 6 wins and 8 losses (0.429) in 14 games in the second half. The most notable problem is the batting line that has lost power. SSG is the team with the most home runs (83) in the league this season. There is also a gap of 19 from Doosan (64), which is second in this category. The slugging percentage (0.390) is also tied for the lead with LG, and the explosive power is not inferior to any other club. However, in the second half, the feeling of hitting the SSG lineup cooled down. During this period, SSG’s team batting average was 0.247 (7th) and the scoring position batting average was only 0.240 (8th). The power of the team’s long hit was also reduced.

Along with the lineup that turned down, SSG suffered a whopping 4 defeats in 7 games played in August. On the 1st against Suwon KT, SSG, who lost 0-8 after being intercepted by opposition starter Koh Young-pyo’s 8 scoreless innings, was defeated 0-1 the next day by KT starter William Cuevas’ 7 scoreless innings. The SSG lineup was lethargic, unable to quickly bring down a starting pitcher who was in good condition that day, or even score points against a changed pitcher.

SSG failed to score in the last two games and gave up the game. In particular, in the match against Sajik Lotte on the 6th, which gave the game 0-1, they failed to hit a single hit against starters Aaron Wilkerson (7 innings), Koo Seung-min (1 inning), and Kim Won-joong (1 inning), making it the 3rd in KBO League history. It became the sacrifice of the 2nd team’s ‘no hit no run’ record. SSG lost 0-2 against Incheon NC on the 8th as they failed to attack the NC mound including Eric Peddy.

Bad news overlapped with SSG, who was in deep trouble as the beasts’ overall sense of hitting fell. This is because outfielder Guillermo Heredia, who is second in batting average (0.332) in the league, was out of power due to a thigh injury. It is expected that it will take about 4 weeks for Heredia to return. The task is to quickly raise the sense of hitting of the entire team that has fallen to the floor while the center of the batting line is missing.스포츠토토

There is comfort in a crisis. Top hitter Choo Shin-soo, who was sluggish at the beginning of the season, has successfully rebounded and is adding vitality to the SSG lineup. He has a batting average of 0.327 and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.879 in 14 games in the second half. Here, the starters, who had been exposed to anxiety until the first half, are in good condition and are pitching stably with an average ERA (3.28) that is second in the league in the second half. The direction of the remaining 51 games in SSG, which is the second place to be chased, depends on the revival of the other line.