Now he’s not just a batting champion, he’s a hitter.
LG Twins top hitter Hong Chang-ki’s bat is exploding. He doesn’t have a single hit. When he gets a hit, it’s a multi-hit game. When he won the batting title two years ago, his ability to draw 109 walks was the talk of the town, but this year, he’s using that ability to get hits. He doesn’t wait for a pitch, but actively strikes and creates hits.
In the home game against the KT Wiz in Jamsil on June 6, Hong Chang-ki started as the designated hitter and went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
He led off the first inning with a single to right, then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly to center field after runners were on second and third. Trailing 3-7 in the bottom of the sixth, Hong added an RBI single to right-center field and a run-scoring double to right-center field in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 7-7.
He is now 4-for-7 in his last 10 games (18-for-38). He has six doubles and one triple. He also drove in 10 runs.
Of the 10 games, he went hitless against Lotte on June 25 and KIA on June 1, but in the other eight games, he had two or more multi-hit games.
Hong Chang-ki himself is feeling good at the plate. In a postgame interview on the 6th, Hong said, “I feel good hitting these days. I feel like I’m getting more hits than when I was the batting champion two years ago, and I feel like I’m hitting better than then.” “No matter how I hit, I get good balls and hits. I’ve been feeling that way lately,” he smiled.
With an on-base percentage of 4.409, he is well ahead of the second-place Doosan Bears’ Yang Yang-ji (0.432). In addition to being first in runs, he’s also aiming to be first in hits. So far, he’s batting 3-for-3. He is second in batting behind SSG Landers’ Guillermo Heredia (0.338).
He also has 96 hits, third behind Kim Hye-sung of the Kiwoom Heroes (104) and Heredia (97). With so many at-bats comes so many runs. With 57 runs scored, she ranks third behind SSG’s Choi Jung (64) and Kiwoom’s Kim Hye-seong (61). She ranks in the top three in four categories related to runs scored.
She also leads the league in walks with 47. She still picks them off a lot. However, she hasn’t drawn a walk in seven consecutive games since June 25 against Lotte. That’s because he doesn’t wait to hit.
“I try to be a little more aggressive with my pitches because waiting doesn’t always give you a strike,” Hong said. He also leads the league in pitches hit to the body. She was hit 17 times. “I play a lot of body battles because my opponent sees the body as a weakness. Then, when I go deep, I get hit,” he said, “It’s annoying when I get hit, but it’s also an out. It hurts, but if it doesn’t hurt too much, I try to get out,” he said, emphasizing the importance of getting on base.메이저사이트
Hong Chang-ki, who was shaken by the widened strike zone last season, is taking the KBO League by storm again this season with an upgraded look. He is arguably the best number one hitter in the KBO right now.