Na Sung-beom-Kim Do-young not a panacea…KIA’s 40-year-old hitter’s foresight
“I don’t think the returning players will make much difference.”
Choi Hyung-woo, KIA’s 40-year-old “batting coach,” said this after the team’s game against Doosan in Jamsil on April 10. In particular, he said that Kim Do-young was a backup last year, so it’s better not to expect too much. To be fair, he’s still a bit of an unknown quantity. Na Sung-bum also hasn’t played a full game since the wild-card game against KT last fall.
Kim Jong-kook initially used Kim Do-young, who was learning to play second base in the second team, at third base to maximize his batting strengths and reduce his defensive burden. However, it may take time for both Kim Do-young and Na Seong-beom to develop their skills on a consistent basis. Even if it seems like there is no need to adjust to the first team, there are often no significant changes in the season graphs of individuals and teams over a short period of time.
This was the case for Choi Won-jun in his second week back. His batting, which was strong in the first three games of his comeback against Kiwoom, has gradually slowed down. It’s true that he revitalized the batting lineup in the first game or two, and it has helped so far. However, as Choi Hyung-woo said, the return of Choi Won-joon hasn’t immediately lifted KIA from the middle of the pack to the top of the standings.
As Choi said, it’s impossible for Choi, Na, and Kim to turn KIA into a superteam overnight. The nature of baseball is such that there will be ups and downs in the performance of these individuals. In order for the team’s average to increase, more players from more parts of the team need to contribute. One or two players can only make a short-term impact. This is a 144-game long race.
Na Sung-beom and Kim Do-young had good performances in their comeback game against KT on the 23rd. Kim Do-young had two hits, while Na Sung-bum hit a home run late in the game. On this day, however, KIA was without a starting pitcher due to Yoon Young-chul’s rest. Hwang Dong-ha, who had been rotating through the starting rotation in the second team and was recently added as a long reliever, struggled. As you can see, baseball is a game of many parts.
Currently, KIA has more problems on the mound than the batting lineup. Yoon Young-cheol will soon return from the break, but it’s hard to fill the void left by Adonis Medina right away. Lee Yi-ri is still struggling to manage his pitch count. Yang Hyun-jong and Sean Anderson should lead the way in the starting lineup.
The bullpen is looking a little tired overall. It’s true that the workload has been heavy since last week, and the Gwangju KT game on the 23rd proved the obvious: no matter how much quality hitting Na Sung-beom and Kim Do-young do, they can still lose if the mound doesn’t support them.
Still, the return of Choi Won-jun, Na Sung-beom, and Kim Do-young is a welcome sight for KIA and its fans. Choi Won-jun may have taken a bit of a hit, but he’s still a proven first-team asset. Na Sung-beom is one of the best fixers in the KBO. Kim Do-young is unproven but has a ton of potential.온라인바카라
It’s up to Kim Jong-kook and his coaching staff, as well as the front office, including Shim Jae-hak, to blend them well with the existing lineup and minimize the team’s concerns and weaknesses. With the return of Kim Do-young and Na Sung-bum, it’s not just “it’s done,” but “it’s just beginning.”