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 21st to May 3rd, it was a little better with 15 hits in 41 at-bats, a batting average of 0.366, 2 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 period of 5 consecutive losses from the 9th. When the team’s flow was good, oil was poured on it, and when the team was bad, it 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. 토스카지노
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. She is a veteran who does her part no matter where she is placed, whether it is a table setter or a center line. She recently had a four-game hitting streak as well. However, Kim Seon-bin, who has a heavy defensive burden on her side, cannot forever replenish 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.