If you can’t win with a foreign hitter like this, there’s no more excuses
From LG’s point of view, if a foreign player like this is ‘special A’… will it be the last puzzle to win?
LG Twins fans seem to be thrilled. You might wonder when did you ever play baseball with such a foreign hitter. He has lamented, “I don’t need a great hitter. It would be possible to win with an above-average player,” but Austin Dean, who newly joined this year, feels something different.
Austin gave the team a valuable win. LG was unable to play two matches on Children’s Day against rival Doosan Bears due to rain. The last game on Sunday, held on the 7th, started in an atmosphere as if it were a final.
With Doosan starter Kwak Bin shaking from the first inning, LG scored first with Austin’s sacrifice fly RBI. In the second inning, when Park Dong-won’s two-run gun widened the score to 4-0, Austin fired a decisive three-run gun against the changed pitcher, Choi Seung-yong, completely destroying Doosan. With these two at-bats, he completed the game with 4 RBIs and led the team to an 11-1 victory.
It is no exaggeration to say that Austin is the final weapon that will determine the fate of LG and coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop this season. LG has been winning the championship for the past few years, but it always collapsed at the end of the regular season and in the postseason. There were many reasons, but the biggest hit was that there was no proper foreign hitter. Former coach Ji-Hyun Ryu played fall baseball in the 2021 season and last season, excluding foreign batters from the entry for the second consecutive year. The bigger the game, the more important it is to have a central hitter who will give a hot swing, but when there is no foreign hitter to play that role메이저사이트, the power gave off a ‘hook’ feeling.
LG’s foreign batter cruelty has been going on for a long time. Few players have been active since Roberto Petagini, who left a huge impact in the late 2000s for two seasons. Josh Bell, Jack Hannah, James Roni, Adonis Garcia, Tommy Joseph, Justin Bohr, Rio Ruiz, and Mabel Garcia, there are many players who have made LG fans excited just by hearing their names. At least Luis Jimenez, who played from 2015 to 2017, and Roberto Ramos, who hit 38 homers in 2020, were loved by fans, but they were also released during the season and were not responsible for good team performance.
LG boasts the most stable power in the league with its pitching power rising sharply in the 2020s. Ya Soo-jin also has a good harmony between old and new, and the depth is very thick. One baseball person emphasized that it is not a team that will easily collapse in a long race, saying, “LG fielders feel like they know baseball.” In addition, ahead of this season, he recruited manager Yeom, who is a pronoun in tactical baseball, and showed a strong desire to erase the nightmare of short-term games. In fact, even if fall baseball is a reservation, there are not many baseball players who deny it.
The key is that Austin must survive until the end of the season. Even in fall baseball, the last piece of the puzzle to win LG can be put together only when it has an impactful performance like now. The possibilities seem good enough. It’s not the style of a big gun that can hit up to 38 like Ramos. Still, the swing is strong. He is a mid-to-long-distance hitter who can expect about 20 home runs. More important than home runs are RBIs. You have to act as a solver. So far, it’s passed. 3rd in RBI with 25. It is 4th overall in the league with a batting average of 40% in scoring position. His batting average was 3036, slugging percentage was 407.3, and on-base percentage was 308.2 Lee.
I don’t think I’m going to fall into a slump because I’m good at contact. He’s only gone hitless in five games while playing in 29 games this season. This means that even one hit can be consistently hit every game. On the contrary, the strikeout rate is 19, which is the lowest among the main center hitters of the 10 teams. Amidst the $1 million players, the $700,000 ransom is more attractive in terms of ‘cost performance’.
The defense only needs to average whether it is in the outfield or first base. The only thing that matters is the bat. When a proper foreign batter who has been looking for for over 10 years comes, LG must challenge to win. You never know when an opportunity like this will come again.