Reporter Yoon-seo Park = Lee Jung-hoo (24), the centerpiece of the Kiwoom Heroes offense, is finding his groove. His bat is spinning in July.
Last winter, Lee revised his batting form. He changed his swing to be quicker on the ball and more concise in preparation for the Major League Baseball (MLB) challenge.
But throughout the month of April, Lee suffered a serious hitting slump. In 22 games, he batted just .218 with three home runs, 13 RBIs, and a .678 OPS. There was no sign of the majesty of Lee, who won MVP honors last year after winning five batting titles (batting average, hits, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage).
Lee opted to regress his batting form and showed signs of life in May. In 26 games, he hit .305 with a .784 OPS. On May 27, Lee picked up the pace with four consecutive multi-hit games.
Last month, Lee marked the return of his hitting genius. In 24 games last month, he batted .374 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. His OPS broke the 1.0 mark at 1.046.
On top of that, Lee reached triple digits for the first time this season and maintained his high-sensitivity batting average, hitting exactly .300 on the last day of June. For his performance, Lee was nominated for the KBO League Monthly MVP for June.바카라사이트
In July, things really picked up. Lee started off the month with a bang, going 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs against the SSG Landers in Gochuk on the first, followed by a three-hit performance at home against the NC Dinos on the fifth.
Continuing his hot streak, Lee went 4-for-10 in a three-game series against the Doosan Bears last weekend, pushing his batting average to .315, his highest of the season, heading into the final three games of the first half. Furthermore, he is now tied for second on the team in hits (100) as of the last 11 days.
Lee is heading into the end of the first half with his batting form fully restored. It’s a positive sign that his batting form will improve in the second half. The wicket is a valuable one for the mid-table contenders. All eyes will naturally be on Lee’s second half.