The biggest news in April of the 2023 KBO League, which opened spectacularly on April 1, was the Lotte Giants’ rise to the top.
The batting performance of Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes), the hitter representing Korean baseball, feels as awkward as Lotte, which has been in first place for the first time in 11 years.
Lee Jung-hoo’s April report card was a batting average of 0.218 (19 hits in 87 at-bats), 3 homers, and 13 RBIs.
It is his worst monthly batting performance since his debut.
Lee Jung-hoo, who won the batting title for two consecutive years from 2021 and 2022, ranked only 54th in the batting average category among 62 hitters who filled the required at-bats in April.
The sluggish batting of Lee Jung-hoo, the captain and key player, did not avoid the influence of his team, Kiwoom.
Kiwoom, which has the league’s strongest 1-4 starters, was evaluated to settle in the upper ranks, but only ranked 8th with 11 wins and 13 losses.
Kiwoom’s faith in Lee Jung-hoo is solid.
Director Kiwoom Hong Won-gi said, “People say that the most useless thing in the world is ‘Worrying about Lee Jung-hoo.’
No matter how hard it gets, Lee Jung-hoo will firmly keep the number 3 hitter’s seat.
However, Lee Jung-hoo is also a human being, so when baseball doesn’t work out, he does things he wouldn’t normally do.
On the 30th of last month, against the Lotte Giants in Busan, he attempted a surprise bunt in the 5th inning when the score was 0-2, with 1 out and 1 base, but was out.
Lee Jung-hoo’s usual batting theory is ‘making a strong batting ball’.
No matter how much the Lotte infield defense showed an empty spot with a shift, the attempt of a surprise bunt itself proves Lee Jung-hoo’s unresolved blow.
If you look at the past performance of Lee Jung-hoo, who made his professional debut in 2017, it is close to a ‘slow starter’ that takes a late start.
Lee Jung-hoo’s career batting average from March to April was 0.293, about 5 pennies away from his professional career batting average of 0.341.
Even though it wasn’t especially right in April of this year, it means that Lee Jung-hoo’s slowdown in the beginning is not an incomprehensible phenomenon.
In fact, during the month of April, Lee Jung-hoo had to fight bad luck as well as a blow slump.
Among the batter’s batting indicators, BABIP (in-play batting average) shows a tendency to converge to a certain value if there are enough samples.
Lee Jung-hoo’s professional career BABIP was 0.354, but in April this year, his BABIP was only 0.213.
In a word, it means that there were many unlucky balls that went straight to the fielder.
Lee Jung-hoo, who usually joked, “I have no choice but to make a strong batted ball and leave it to luck” and “I try to pick up a lot of trash (for luck),” has no choice but to pick up more trash and expect good luck from May.토토사이트
If Lee Jung-hoo showed a weak appearance until April, he bombarded his mound with a completely different appearance from May.
Lee Jeong-hoo’s career batting average for May was 0.377, the best among monthly performances, and his career OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) for May was 1.010, the highest.
Even in 2021, just two years ago, Lee Jung-hoo was said to be somewhat sluggish with a batting average of 0.269 in April.
However, only in May he hit a batting average of 0.451, eventually ending the season with a batting average of 0.360 that year, winning his first batting title in his debut.
Lee Jung-hoo and Kiwoom look forward to the ‘Promised May’ coming again this year.