“We need to get it back on track.”
SSG Landers head coach Kim Won-hyung has been focusing on restoring balance to the team’s offense lately. In particular, the lack of offense has been a concern. In the sweep against the Suwon KT Wiz on April 1-3, the offense scored just one run in three games.
On the second day, ace Kim Kwang-hyun pitched seven innings of one-run Quality Start Plus (QS+ – pitching at least seven innings and allowing no more than three earned runs), but he was unable to get any offense to support him. On the day, SSG’s batters finished with eight hits and two walks, one more than KT’s (five hits and four walks), but they were unable to put their offense together. “No matter how good the opposing pitcher is, we have to be able to score runs,” Kim said, vowing to “get back on track.”
Afterward, the team still faced problems, including allowing a “team no-hitter” to Aaron Wilkerson, Seung-min Koo, and Won-joong Kim against the Sasak Lotte Giants on the 6th, but there were also signs of a rebound. During the three-game series from April 4-6, they scored 13 runs. During this time, Choo Shin-soo’s batting graph soared (0.636), while Choi Ji-hoon (0.333) and Park Sung-hyun (0.308), who had been in poor hitting cycles this season, seemed to have found their stride. 메이저놀이터
However, unlike the previous three-game series in Suwon, the mound game didn’t go as planned, with starters Park Jong-hoon and Oh Won-seok failing to complete five innings, but it’s certainly encouraging to see that the bats are starting to find solutions.
It’s also important to note that SSG called up Han Yoo-seom and Choi Min-jun on the fifth and sixth days. Especially with center fielder Guillermo Heredia out for four weeks with a thigh injury, Han’s resurgence is essential. Last year, Han led the team to the title as captain and fourth outfielder, but this season he has struggled mightily with a .181 batting average, .524 OPS, two home runs, and 22 RBIs in 63 games. In his first appearance since being called up, he drove in a run in the top of the 10th inning of an extra-inning game against Lotte on Friday. While he hasn’t shown the same workhorse ability or flashy bat that he has in the past, it’s a positive sign after falling into a deep slump.