Lee Seung-yeop, head coach of the Doosan Bears, picked Kim Jae-hwan, the fourth hitter, as the key player ahead of the start of the race in the second half. The position is that in order for the team to build a stable multiplier, Kim Jae-hwan needs to exert a little more strength.
After completing team training at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the morning of the 20th, head coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “If Kim Jae-hwan explodes, our team will receive more strength.”
Doosan vomited victories in all nine games in July, starting with Ulsan Lotte Giants on the 1st and Incheon SSG Landers on the 12th. Until June, he stayed in 6th place with 33 wins, 36 losses and 1 draw, but jumped to 3rd place alone with 9 consecutive wins at the end of the first half.
However, Kim Jae-hwan was sluggish with 5 hits in 33 at-bats, a batting average of 0.152, 1 home run, 3 RBIs and an OPS of 0.555 in 9 games in July. His overall performance for the season also fell short of expectations with a batting average of 0.240, 7 homers, 29 RBIs and an OPS of 0.726.
Doosan’s offensive firepower was also less sharp amid Kim Jae-hwan’s hunting. It hovered around the bottom in key offensive indicators, such as 6th with a team batting average of 0.257, 7th in team runs (333), and 9th in team runs (304).
If Yang Eui-ji, who returned as a free agent this season, could not hold the center of the batting line with a batting average of 0.335, 8 homers, 40 RBIs, 6 steals and an OPS of 0.934 in 75 games, it would not have been easy to finish the first half at the top.
For this reason, director Lee Seung-yeop desperately wants Kim Jae-hwan to rebound. I am well aware that Kim Jae-hwan’s unique ‘Korean medicine’ can greatly change the flow of the game, so I hope he gets out of the slump in the second half.메이저놀이터
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “Jae-Hwan Kim’s overall performance during the last nine consecutive wins in the first half was sluggish,” but “On July 4, he hit a home run against Seung-Hwan Oh of Samsung in Pohang. This is the charm of players with long hitting power. They hit one by one when it’s important. It was a long hit and a home run that decided the game, so the impactful hit is memorable.”
“Jae-hwan Kim was good at the beginning of this season, but as he went through the season (hitting sensation) got worse and worse,” he said. Explained.
Director Lee Seung-yeop believes that Kim Jae-hwan can overcome the difficulties he is currently experiencing. He added, “Opponent pitchers throw more balls than strikes, so I think it will get better if we make good use of this part. I think we will prepare well after consulting with the hitting coach.”