“It’s time for Chan-ho to leave… ”
‘Tigers Express’ KIA Park Chan-ho (28) played very well in 115 games this season with a batting average of 0.302, 3 home runs, 48 RBIs, 64 runs, 29 stolen bases, OPS of 0.740, 토토사이트 and scoring average of 0.343. He alternated between the 9th batting order and the 1st to 2nd batting order, playing a key role as a triple setter (Park Chan-ho, Kim Do-young, Choi Won-jun).
On the 12th, Chan-ho Park injured the ligament of his left fourth finger while sliding headfirst to first base after hitting a deep ball in the 3rd over against Samsung in Daegu. With Park Chan-ho missing, there is a definite feeling that the flow between the lower-order batting line-up, upper-level line-up, and upper-order line-up and central line-up has been cut off. Looking back on how KIA fell to four consecutive losses, the gap left by Park Chan-ho (28) feels quite large.
The damage wasn’t too severe and he was kept out of the first team. Coach Kim Jong-guk plans to use Chan-ho Park as a substitute defender or pinch runner if necessary. He wears a glove on his left hand when fielding, and he also wears a baserunning glove when running, so at least he is protected.
However, it must be said that he is not in easy condition long after actually playing the game. A KIA official also expressed the opinion that it is right not to overdo it at this point. Unless the expanded entry is in effect, he should be placed on the injured list and take care of his finger. Park Chan-ho has been closed since then.
At this point, he should be considered to be on standby in the first team in case of an emergency. Although he is a first-team entry, he is practically non-existent. Coach Kim Jong-guk also confessed that it was not easy to find the right time to use Park Chan-ho for the tight game against Gwangju Doosan on the 15th ahead of the Gwangju Doosan game on the 17th. It is right to hire him as conservatively as possible.
With Chan-ho Park’s departure, Do-young Kim took over Chan-ho Park’s role. However, when Kim Do-young took over as leadoff, the batting flow was unfortunately not good. From the game against Gwangju Lotte on the 13th to this day, he had 0 hits in 12 at-bats and only 1 walk in 3 games. His batting average, which had fluctuated between .209 and early .300, dropped to 0.287. Kim Do-young worked hard to improve his batting skills, including taking a special hit after the game against Doosan in Gwangju on the 17th. The defense made one mistake, but was stable overall.
To make matters worse, Choi Jeong-yong and Byun Woo-hyuk, who replaced Kim Do-young as third basemen, sometimes showed shaky third base defense. Actually, it wasn’t that we were bad at defense, but unfortunately, one mistake had a decisive impact on the flow of the game. In the case of Byun Woo-hyuk, he returned to the first team on the 16th, and started the game on the 17th as third baseman No. 8 and performed well with 2 hits in 4 at-bats.
However, in the top of the third inning, with two outs and a runner on first base, Kim Jae-ho’s batted ball failed to hit the bounce and was thrown into the outfield. This mistake ended up serving as a stepping stone to Doosan’s finish line. Afterwards, he handled hard hits, foul fly balls, etc. well. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance, but it was a typically twisted game.