Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) returned to the starting lineup after five games after overcoming abdominal pain. And in that game, he hit a double, proving that his and San Diego’s season isn’t over yet. He also proved that he is still a strong hitter in no-out situations.온라인바카라
Ha-seong Kim played as the starting 6th second baseman in the game against St. Louis held at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 23rd (Korean time). It was his first appearance in five games and his return as a starter since he made a great performance in the away game in Oakland on the 17th, showing off one hit, one walk, and even a spectacular glove toss. Ha-Seong Kim showed that he had regained his energy by recording 1 hit in 4 at-bats on this day.
Kim Ha-seong, who had been playing fine until the 17th, suddenly felt a stomachache after the game. He didn’t think it was a big deal at first, but before the final game away to Auckland on the 18th, his stomach pain got worse and he was hospitalized. It was such a complex problem that even hospitals could not determine the exact cause. While it is known that it is an internal organ problem, not a muscle problem, Kim Ha-seong’s absence period was longer than expected.
In the end, he missed the last game of the three-game series away to Oakland on the 18th and the three-game home series against Colorado. It was an unexpected period of absence. The decision was made because although the condition was improving little by little every day, it was not 100%. However, he appeared as a starter in the game on the 23rd and announced his improved condition. The fact that he played full-time shows that there are no major problems with Kim Ha-sung’s physical condition.
Instead of the familiar number 1, I moved to number 6. This was partly because they wanted to lessen the burden on Ha-seong Kim, and partly because San Diego’s ‘big four’ of Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, and Manny Machado have recently shown good hitting skills. In particular, Bogaerts’ recent batting skills, which replaced Kim Ha-seong as leadoff, were at the peak of the major league’s top level.
Ha-seong Kim only hit a ground ball to third base in his first at-bat in the second inning. However, in the second at-bat of the 4th inning, when the team was ahead 1-0, opposing pitcher Hudson’s sinker was caught in the middle, so he pulled it in and made a conceded double. A well-hit ball bounced and went over the fence. It was also Kim Ha-seong’s 21st double of the season.
Unfortunately, Kim Ha-seong, who started when the follow-up hitter Grisham’s fly ball to center field, was out at third base. It seemed like a game worth playing, and the St. Louis defense’s broadcast play was good. However, the hit in the fourth inning was also a scene that once again showed Kim Ha-seong’s strength this season. This is a hit with no outs.
There are two main ways to come to bat with no outs. First of all, he is the lead batter of the inning. This is a familiar situation for Kim Ha-seong, who has played at No. 1 for a long time. Here, a high on-base percentage can increase the probability of scoring in that inning. The second is when the batters ahead have already gotten on base and there is an opportunity. Here too, a high on-base percentage can be a stepping stone to expanding opportunities. Batting after two outs is important in terms of harassing the opponent, but hitting without outs is important in that it can lead to a large number of scores for the team.
Ha-Seong Kim shows a very strong side in this no-out situation. Ha-seong Kim had 202 at-bats with no outs until this day. Ha-seong Kim performed well with a batting average of 0.337, an on-base percentage of 0.410, a slugging percentage of 0.515, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.925. In his no-out situations, he hit eight, half of his season’s home runs, and added 24 walks.
Kim Ha-seong’s no-out batting average is good, ranking 5th in the league. First place is Texas Corey Seager’s score of 0.399. Second place is Masataka Yoshida (Boston) with 0.375, third place is Luis Araes (Miami) with 0.374, and fourth place is Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta) with 0.373. Although the difference between 4th and 5th place is quite large, Kim Ha-seong is showing a batting average similar to Freddie Freeman (LA Dodgers, 0.337), who is showing peak hitting this year.
Ha-seong Kim was strong even in no-out situations, and was very strong as the first batter of the inning. When Ha-seong Kim came in as the first batter of the inning, he achieved good results with a batting average of 0.335, an on-base percentage of 0.411, a slugging percentage of 0.524, and an OPS of 0.935. The batting average of 0.335 ranks 9th in the league in that situation, and the on-base percentage ranks 7th in the league.
Here, the reason why San Diego coach Bob Melvin uses Kim Ha-seong as the leadoff player is revealed. This is because his on-base percentage for no outs or the first at-bat of an inning is very high. Ha-Seong Kim often harasses pitchers with his persistent winning, and this tendency became stronger after he was promoted to leadoff. He saves his bat as much as possible and harasses his opponents. He is a type that is not common in San Diego’s batting lineup, and we can see why San Diego fans like Kim Ha-seong.
San Diego St. Louis, with the return of Kim Ha-seong, defeated them 4-2 and recorded 76 wins and 78 losses. He thought he was giving up on the season, but instead, he is dreaming of a miracle by recording 8 consecutive wins. Starting ‘knuckleballer’ Waldron pitched well with 9 strikeouts and 1 run in 5.2 innings, and the bullpen did well to maintain a 2-run lead. In the batting lineup, Machado performed well, recording 4 hits and 3 RBIs, and Soto had 3 hits.
There are now 8 games left in San Diego. Although the probability of advancing to the postseason is still low at 1.1%, San Diego is not giving up on its dream. There is also interest in whether Kim Ha-seong, who returned from stomachache, can join the 20-20 club by adding three more home runs in eight games. There are three home runs and four stolen bases remaining until the first 20-40 club in Asian player history.