KIA lost 3-5 in the match against SSG held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 11th. I was pushed back in a last-minute power struggle. Perhaps many fans who were watching the game thought of the face of Na Seong-beom (34), a key hitter who is missing due to a calf injury.
In the ninth inning,토토사이트 trailing 3-5, there was at least a chance to lead the game into overtime. After one out, Ryu Ji-hyeok calmly chose a walk, and Park Chan-ho, who recently had a good feel for hitting, backed up with a left-handed hit. And then it was the center batting line leading to numbers 3-5. It was possible to finish it in one room. It was SSG closer Jin-yong Seo standing on the mound who should be under pressure. However, it seemed that KIA hitters were under more pressure.
After two fouls by Kim Seon-bin on 1st and 2nd base, he eventually withdrew with a floating ball from center fielder that was impossible to lead to a long hit. From here, KIA started to be chased. When SSG lost the ball count to Hyung-Woo Choi, they actually chose not to play, and Socrates had the chance to load the bases with 2 outs in the 5th.
All the runners were about to start the moment Huraa hit the bat. In particular, considering that Park Chan-ho, a fast-footed runner at second base, was able to tie the score with a single hit. However, even after Socrates got the first ball, he ended up striking out on a swing and the game ended like that. I wasn’t confident in my swing, and of course the timing was late.
KIA is increasingly realizing the vacancy of Na Seong-beom, who was recruited with a huge sum of 15 billion won over six years ahead of last season. Still, in April, the players took turns and played an active role. He started the season with a 3-8 record, but was the driving force behind his return to a .500 winning percentage. Choi Hyeong-woo, in particular, made an outstanding performance. Kim Seon-bin also supported him, and backup players such as Ko Jong-wook and Lee Chang-jin also gave their strength. However, the vacancy of Na Seong-beom is being revealed more and more. He was also not a personality that anyone could fill.
More so in the realm of resolution. Na Seong-beom recorded a batting average of 0.320, 21 homers, and 97 RBIs in 144 games last year. His number of home runs has decreased from 2021 (33), but at least his RBI production capacity is intact. In particular, there were many cases where Na Seong-beom acted as a solver when a really timely hit was desperate. It was the taste of cash.
▲ Choi Hyeong-woo struggling in the team-centered lineup ⓒKIA Tigers
In fact, in WPA (Win Probability Contribution) compiled by ‘Sports to I’, Na Seong-beom recorded 2.00 last year. It was by far the first place in the KIA, and it was a number that was not envious of the entire league. It meant that I made more contributions at the decisive moment. However, KIA does not have such a Na Seong-beom now.
Na Seong-beom, who injured his calf in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), could not play a single game this year. He suffered more injuries than expected. He recently had a re-examination, but the injured area has not fully recovered yet. He will be re-examined in 2 weeks. At that time, even if he is judged to be cured, it takes more or less time to strengthen the muscles in the affected area and raise the sense of the game. At the earliest, it is the end of May, and conservatively, it goes to June. In other words, KIA still has to play more games without Na Seong-beom.
The player replacing Na Seong-beom this year is veteran Choi Hyung-woo. He had a WPA of 1.23 by the 11th. He certainly did a good job in the game, both in terms of experience and record. However, Kim Seon-bin (-0.41) and Socrates (-0.07), who surround Hyung-woo Choi, are struggling in the game. Kim Sun-bin’s sense of hitting has slowed down a bit lately, and Socrates doesn’t come out with long hits. As a result, the check against Choi Hyeong-woo only gets worse.
In particular, the shoulders of Socrates, who is behind Choi Hyeong-woo, are heavy. Kim Seon-bin’s third assignment should be seen as a temporary measure in the absence of Na Seong-beom. But Socrates tells a different story. original self position KIA coach Kim Jong-guk also said, “I have to do it once at a chance, but there are times when I can’t save a chance.” Hyungwoo Choi is also a human being. He can’t keep going through this cycle. More solvers need to come out.