Even though it is not resolved, it is still not resolved.
KIA Tigers are suffering from injuries. On the 12th, ‘charge leader’ Chan-ho Park (28) injured his left finger while sliding head first to first base and was diagnosed with a 3-week diagnosis, and even ’15 billion free agent’ Na Seong-beom (34) suffered a hamstring injury three months after returning from injury. (The back of the thigh muscle) was torn and the season was out. Meanwhile, in the game against KT Wiz in Gwangju on the 24th, even the most senior fielder, Choi Hyeong-woo (40), was found to have a collarbone fracture in the first examination, effectively ending the season.
All three players are key resources in KIA’s fielding lineup. Park Chan-ho, who has played leadoff-shortstop, has a batting average of .302 (125 hits in 414 at-bats) in 120 games this season, with 3 home runs, 48 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.740. He continued his ‘career high’ pace with remarkable growth in his batting, which was pointed out as a weakness. Na Seong-beom, who started the season two months late due to a left calf injury after the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic), is rapidly picking up the pace with a batting average of .365 (81 hits in 222 at bats) in 58 games, 16 home runs, 57 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.098. there was. Choi Hyung-woo, who had been sluggish in the past two seasons, played a pivotal role in KIA’s fall baseball for two consecutive years by rejuvenating himself with a batting average of .302 (130 hits in 431 at-bats) in 121 games this year, with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.887.
However, with all of them missing, KIA’s batting line lost momentum. Park Chan-ho is recovering quickly and being named to the first team, but he is only playing the role of a pinch runner and defender, and it is still difficult for him to hit 100%. It was difficult for Na Seong-beom and Choi Hyung-woo to return within the season due to injury.
KIA has been hampered by injuries all season. Along with Na Seong-beom, Kim Do-young suffered a fracture after the opening two games and was out for about two months. Shaun Anderson and Adonis Medina, who were newly recruited ahead of this season, also failed to show their normal condition, and even closer Jeong Hae-young showed signs of trouble. Chan-ho Park endured the first half of the season with minor injuries to his wrist and Seon-bin Kim to his ankle. In the second half of the season, there were setbacks in the composition of the starting rotation, with Mario Sanchez suffering from elbow pain and Lee Ui-ri leaving due to shoulder inflammation and finger blisters. There has never been a time when 100% power was operated throughout the entire two-tasting process.
After enduring the first half of the season, KIA’s outlook for the second half of the season to challenge for fall baseball for the second year in a row was still positive. Despite the injury and sluggishness of the starting pitchers in the first half of the year, they continued to fight for the mid-ranking position, and gained momentum in the last minute with the return of Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young and the replacement of both foreign pitchers. With this as a stepping stone, they went on a 9-game winning streak in the second half of the season and advanced to the top rankings. However, it appears that he lost momentum again as he was unable to shake off the evil spirit of injury.토토사이트
Other teams’ perspectives are similar. A coach in the KBO League said, “There are one or two teams that are not performing well every season, and this season, that is KIA. If they had been operating at their normal strength, this is not a team that would be in the current rankings.”
With 20 games remaining in the regular season, KIA is trailing SSG Landers, who are on the Maginot Line of the top 5, by one game. With so much luck and injuries, will KIA be able to experience the joy of fall baseball for the second year in a row?