Appointment of Koh Jong-wook – Hwang Dae-in bench – Byun Woo-hyuk input… Kim Jong-kook’s victory number, shall we take a breath with a sweep?
KIA, which failed to make up for the injuries and vacancy of key players, lost 5-7 against Sajik Lotte on the 18th due to a lack of support, and started the first 12 games of the season with 3 wins and 9 losses. It was the lowest in the league and the worst start in 15 years since 2008 (3 wins and 9 losses) in the history of the club.
However, they managed to escape from the losing streak by winning against Lotte on the 19th, and on the 21st and 22nd, they won the match against Samsung held in Gwangju two days in a row and ran their first consecutive win of the season. On the 21st, the defeat was won thanks to Hyung-Woo Choi’s 3-run home run in the ninth inning, and on the 22nd, Hyeon-Jong Ace Yang’s struggle and Woo-Hyuk Byun’s grand home run from the start tied together to win 6-2.
From the 19th, it is evaluated that KIA coach Kim Jong-guk showed a more active movement in player recruitment and strategy. Of course, not all operations were successful, but anyway, in order to break the losing streak, the players were changed from the existing frame and bold inputs close to all-out war were made, and they succeeded in turning the atmosphere around. There is still a long way to go to reach a 50% win rate, but the dark atmosphere seems to be preventing it from going throughout April.
The batter saw his hand. On the 21st and 22nd, Ko Jong-wook was deployed forward, and Hwang Dae-in, who was not very good at hitting, was replaced instead. Manager Kim prefers a fixed lineup and a fixed batting order. This is the logic that players can clearly know their mission and enter. He had faith in the main players and pushed them. However, now that the atmosphere has to change, coach Kim’s lineup change has been quite significant.
Koh Jong-wook’s forward placement was aimed at right-handed pitchers who were lined up, but it was his intention to give the batter with the best batting feel a chance to hit at least once. This was a success and provided vitality in its own way to the KIA lineup, which was tightly blocked. Ko Jong-wook raised his batting average to 0.400 on the 19th and 20th against Lotte, each with 2 hits, 1 hit and 1 walk against Samsung on the 21st, and 2 hits against Samsung on the 22nd.
I came into the season thinking of Ko Jong-wook as a left-handed pinch hitter, and even at the beginning of the season, things were going as planned. However, he was right in choosing the batter with the best sense in the game. On the contrary, Hwang Dae-in, who had a solid position as the team’s main first baseman, was boldly excluded from the lineup as his hitting feeling declined recently. Hwang Dae-in is a player who has consistently been the starting player even when the hitting feeling is not good last year or this year. But he couldn’t afford to take care of a player during a team emergency. 안전놀이터
On the 22nd, Byun Woo-hyuk, who was put in amidst such changes, hit the starting card with a full blow that overpowered the first inning. For the time being, there will be no fixed lineup, and the tendency to build a lineup by referring to data, focusing on hitters with the best sense, will continue.
On the side of Pil Seung-jo, Kim Dae-yu, who was somewhat sluggish, was temporarily removed from the ‘Pil-seung-jo left-hander’s number 1 card, and Lee Jun-young was put in a little more, while Jeon Sang-hyun, Lim Ki-young, and Kim Ki-hoon were squeezed out to keep the lead anyway. While Ki-young Lim is doing the duty, Ki-hoon Kim is helping the team in every match with his good pitches.
Although there was a crisis, the bullpen pitchers were able to win two days in a row without allowing a lot of runs. What a team in crisis needs is a nimble response from the bench. If foreign ace Sean Anderson can win by the 23rd, KIA can take a breather and buy time to prepare for the next plan.