May is worse than April.
7th place KIA Tigers are fighting fiercely for the middle ranks. The ride with the 4th place NC Dinos is only 1.5 games. However, the problem is the recent trend. During this week’s three-game series against SSG Landers, they suffered a losing series, and in the weekend’s three-game series against Doosan Bears, they also lost two games first, and again the losing series was confirmed.
KIA fell into a quagmire after 4 consecutive losses.스포츠토토 The biggest homework is hitting. All 8 points scored in the last 4 games. KIA tried to break through the clogged blood by switching the 3rd and 5th hitters with Choi Hyeong-woo, who has excellent hitting feel, as the fixed number 4 hitter. However, Socrates Brito and Hwang Dae-in failed to do their part.
Socrates and Hwang Dae-in are the core of the attack that must be resolved as the central batter. Although they did not achieve satisfactory results in April, KIA looked forward to their reversal performance in May. However, only Choi Hyeong-woo is struggling alone in the center of the batting line. Lately, Kim Sun-bin has been taking on assignments 3 and 5 alternately.
Socrates played in 30 games this season, recording a batting average of 0.274, 2 homers, 16 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.695. Last year’s batting average of 0.311 and OPS of 0.848, the appearance of a slugger is rarely seen.
Last month, Socrates only had a batting average of 0.278 and an OPS of 0.714, but there was a corner to believe. In May of last year, he led the attack with a batting average of 0.415, 5 home runs and 28 RBIs, wielding a fire bat. In May of this year, his expectations rose as well, producing multi-hits in his first two matches.
However, in early May, consecutive matches were canceled due to rain, and Socrates’ sense of hitting quickly cooled. His last five games went 3-for-20. KIA coach Kim Jong-guk, who we met at Jamsil Stadium on the 13th, said, “I am recovering in condition, but it seems that I have not been able to continue the upward trend because I have not been able to play for a while. I think it will get better if I start again from now on and play. would have done,” he said.
Hwang Dae-in’s blow slump is extreme. He was on the verge of collapsing his .200 batting average. This year’s performance is 0.209 batting average in 26 games, 2 homers, 13 RBIs, OPS 0.585. Hwang Dae-in, who was sluggish with a batting average of 0.219 and an OPS of 0.632 in April, desperately needed a rebound in May. However, his blow hunting intensified. He went 2-for-13 in five games in May.
KIA’s concerns deepen. With Choi Hyeong-woo taking the center stage and showing off the dignity of a veteran, if Socrates and Hwang Dae-in were active together, there would have been a great synergy effect.
Towards the end of April, coach Kim Jong-guk desperately hoped for a revival, saying that Socrates and Hwang Dae-in should increase their RBIs and give more energy in the center of the batting line. It’s the point where half of May is passing by, but it’s never too late. We need to get out of the tunnel of sluggishness as soon as possible.