Last year’s home run king Park Byeong-ho was not in good shape yet, and Kang Baek-ho and Anthony Alford, who did their part, fell into a slump. The worries of KT Wiz, the lowest ranking player, are deepening.
KT remains at the bottom with 9 wins, 2 draws and 22 losses in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League, which has been held so far on the 16th.안전놀이터
It is the only one among 10 clubs that failed to win 10 seasons, and the winning rate is 0.290, less than 30%. KT, who joined the KBO league as the “youngest club” in 2015, won the combined championship in 2021 and quickly reorganized its power, but this season is hardly resolved.
KT, which collapsed with 9 consecutive losses (1 draw) from the end of last month, fell back to 6 consecutive losses after breaking the losing streak. Last week, he managed to escape from a losing streak against the Lotte Giants on the 12th, but gave up the next two games in vain. 2 wins, 1 draw and 17 losses in the last 20 games, the worst slump.
The collapsed starting mound is also a problem, but recently the team’s batting average has also been stagnant.
So far, KT’s batting average for the season is 4th with 0.257, but if it is limited to May, it is only 0.244 and 9th. If you cut it down to the last 20 games, the point at which it started to sink to the bottom, the team’s batting average is 0.230, which is the lowest. The score in 20 games is also the lowest with 62 points, barely exceeding 3 points per game.
KT barely broke its losing streak against Lotte last week, but managed to win 2-1 after extra time. In the game that followed, they lost 0-5, 3-8, but even the 3 points they scored on the 14th came at the end of the 9th inning when the game was completely energized.
The entire batting order came loose. Bae Jung-dae, Hwang Jae-gyun, and Kim Min-hyuk left due to injuries, and the players in the first team are not feeling well.
Park Byeong-ho, who should be in charge of the batting order in the 4th, returned earlier than expected, but has not been able to run on base, so he is playing only as a pinch hitter. After being registered in the first team last week, he played as a pinch hitter in all three consecutive matches against Lotte, but he never got on base.
At least, the bats of Kang Baek-ho and Alford, who had been playing steadily without injury, are cooling off recently. Kang Baek-ho suffered from a toe injury last year and Alford suffered from a knee injury.
Because the team’s situation is not good, I have no choice but to force myself to participate, but the results are not good.
Kang Baek-ho is 0.212 in the last 10 games, and Alford is extremely sluggish at 0.167. In this way, the opposing pitcher does not feel much pressure in facing the KT lineup.
Backup agent Moon Sang-cheol and outfielder Jo Yong-ho, who are in charge of first base instead of Park Byeong-ho, are struggling, but they are not enough.
In the meantime, it’s nice to see ‘reinforcements’ coming. On the 15th, when there was no game, KT canceled three people from the first team, including pitcher Kim Young-hyun, catcher Kang Hyun-woo, and infielder Ryu Hyun-in.
It is expected that three other players will be registered ahead of the LG Twins match on this day, and two beast agents are expected to be added. For now, outfielder Bae Jeong-dae and infielder Jang Joon-won are likely to return.
It is difficult to expect a big performance right away as both of them are returning after suffering major injuries, but it is a comeback that can be a ray of hope for the KT lineup, which was full of backups and new players.