The KIA Tigers feel the vacancy of ‘captain’ Kim Sun-bin keenly. Even Kim Gyu-seong, an “Australian student studying abroad” who was picked as a replacement for Kim Sun-bin, who left due to a hamstring injury, was eventually eliminated from the first team entry after making a series of defensive mistakes. Attention is focusing on whether infielder Byun Woo-hyuk will return to the first team while looking for another second baseman alternative.
KIA canceled infielder Kim Kyu-seong from the first team entry on August 14th.
After including the opening entry, Kim Gyu-seong played the role of back-up in the infield without canceling the first team once. Kim Kyu-seong took over as second baseman in place of Kim Sun-bin, who recently left due to a hamstring injury, but he created anxiety by shaking in an important defense.
After KIA infielder Kim Gyu-seong committed a major mistake, he was also deleted from the first team entry along with the replacement of the culpability. Photo = Reporter Kim Young-gu
The biggest decisive blow was a defensive mistake against the Lotte Giants on the 13th. At the end of the third inning, Kim Gyu-seong allowed the first run, missing Lee Jung-hoon’s double-headed hit in the crisis of 1st and 2nd base. The KIA bench immediately replaced Kim Kyu-seong with Choi Jeong-yong. In fact, it was a decision to replace with responsibility.
KIA starting pitcher Mario Sanchez was greatly shaken starting with Kim Kyu-seong’s mistake. In the end, Sanchez, who was hit by a sweeping timely hit from the bases loaded crisis that followed, recorded 7 hits, 7 strikeouts and 5 runs in 5 innings that day. Out of 5 runs, only 1 earned run.
KIA was unable to reverse the atmosphere given by allowing a five-point big inning at the end of the third inning. KIA, which was completely defeated 1-6, collapsed again with a win rate of 50% with 45 wins, 2 draws and 46 losses in the season, and was chased by 7th place Lotte Giants by 1.5 games.
Kim Gyu-sung joined Geelong Korea last winter and showed a picture of his growth, receiving great expectations ahead of this season. However, Kim Kyu-sung played in 69 games this season and had a batting average of 0.219 / 21 hits / 1 home run / 8 RBIs / 4 stolen bases / on-base percentage of 0.279 / slugging percentage of 0.302. In addition, he recently showed a scene of self-destruction due to a series of defensive mistakes in the opportunity to jump to second baseman.
Without infield stabilization, KIA’s challenge to the top 5 is difficult, and defense concerns continue between 1st and 2nd base
No matter how impressive his batting ability is, if a scene like the defensive mistake of the game on the 13th comes out, it is difficult for that player to survive properly in the first team. The KIA bench is also expected to be in trouble over the second baseman and first baseman positions, which are relatively loose compared to the third baseman and shortstop positions.먹튀검증
It will take another week or so before Kim Sun-bin returns. In the meantime, not only the second baseman, but also the first baseman’s defense needs to be stabilized. While Hong Jong-pyo and Choi Jeong-yong are likely to get a chance to play second base for the time being, attention is focusing on whether Byun Woo-hyeok, who has improved his game sense in the Futures League, will replace Kim Kyu-seong.
Byun Woo-hyuk, who had recently dropped out of the first team entry due to infection with Corona 19 and focused on recovery, returned to Sangmu on August 11 and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats. In the match against Sangmu on the 12th, Byun Woo-hyeok continued his streak of hits in 2 consecutive games with 1 hit (double base) and 1 point in 4 at-bats.
If Byun Woo-hyuk returns to the first team and takes over the defense of the first baseman, he can expect stabilization of the infield. And if Kim Sun-bin returns in the future, it is expected to wash away some of the defensive anxiety between 1st and 2nd base.
Above all, KIA will meet 10th place Kiwoom Heroes and 9th place Samsung Lions in a row this week. As we have to accumulate as many wins as possible against lower-ranking teams, we must avoid situations in which defensive mistakes give the game a futile atmosphere. Indeed, it is noteworthy what decision the KIA bench will make regarding the operation of the first-team fielder entry.