Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego)’s batting skills began to increase steadily after mid-June, and he even took the team’s leadoff position. Ha-seong Kim began leading the San Diego batting lineup, which was filled with All-Star hitters.토토사이트
Kim Ha-seong, whose offensive production increased, was perfect as a leadoff player. He basically had quick feet, so he was a threat to the opposing battery when he got on base. In addition, as his on-base percentage has risen significantly since June, he has become a player suitable for leadoff. Ha-seong Kim’s on-base percentage in April was only 0.278, but in May it was good at 0.374, and in June it remained at 0.367.
The secret was to not strike out often and he walked as many as possible. Ha-seong Kim’s trademark is that he takes the leadoff role and walks after a persistent battle with the opposing pitcher. Ha-seong Kim’s on-base percentage in July reached a whopping 0.449. Basically, he has a good batting average (.337), plus he often walks.
Ha-seong Kim struck out 14 times in July, but walked 16 times. He was a leadoff with more walks than strikeouts. He was a very annoying player for pitchers. He continued in August, where he walked 14 while striking out 18. But after mid-August, this ratio began to collapse. As he continued to play games, his stamina was greatly affected.
Ha-seong Kim’s batting average is 0.178 and on-base percentage is 0.245 in September. The grades that are worthy of Kim Ha-seong are not coming out. Manager Bob Melvin was also worried about Kim Ha-seong’s physical strength after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 12th (Korean time). “Every time he steps on the field now, I worry something is going to happen,” said coach Melvin honestly. This can be interpreted to mean that Kim Ha-seong, who diligently gets on base and diligently plays base running, may get injured when his stamina drops.
So, coach Melvin gave Kim Ha-seong a long-awaited break on the 13th. Ha-seong Kim, who rested a day, returned to the starting leadoff position in the game on the 14th. But there was no way he could replenish his recently lost strength with just one day of rest.
Ha-seong Kim played as the starting shortstop in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 14th, but went 0-hit in 4 at-bats and struck out 3. His batting average dropped from 0.270 to 0.268, breaking the 207 mark. OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) also dropped to 0.771, gradually moving away from the 0.800 mark.
From his first at-bat, he engaged in a tenacious battle with Dodgers starter Ryan Pepiot that went all the way to the 9th pitch. Kim Ha-seong rushed aggressively to the point where only 6 fouls were committed. However, he eventually retired due to a missed swing and a strikeout. In his second at-bat in the third inning, he retired with a ground ball to first base. He didn’t have much power when hitting the ball.
Kim Ha-seong, who faced his third at-bat in the 5th inning with one out and runners on second base with a 4-0 lead, once again engaged in an 8-pitch game, but his bat missed again due to the slider he had hit in his first at-bat. In the past, Ha-seong Kim would have won this game and chosen a walk instead of a strikeout, but that wasn’t the case on this day. A decline in physical strength will also have an impact on the leader. In the 7th inning, with one out and bases loaded, he struck out while looking. He was disappointed that he could not take advantage of the opportunity to score an RBI.
The team won 6-1 thanks to starter Blake Snell’s good pitching and the bats of the batters who exploded from the beginning of the game. The 2nd to 4th batters played well, including Fernando Tatis Jr., who was in the 2nd batting order, with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Juan Soto in 3rd place, with 2 hits and 1 RBI, and Luis Campusano in 4th place, with 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Kim Ha-seong’s sluggishness was not particularly evident.
However, there is a possibility that poor September performance may hinder Kim Ha-seong’s spectacular finale. Ha-Seong Kim’s batting average in September is 0.178, and his slugging percentage is also 0.178. All eight of his hits were singles. The 20-20 club has three home runs left, but they won’t be filled easily.
Ha-Seong Kim has been San Diego’s best fielder all season. This can also be seen in the win contribution compared to replacement players (WAR). Juan Soto showed better offense overall, but instead, Ha-seong Kim showed better contributions in defense and base running, maintaining the team’s #1 WAR ranking. However, due to poor batting performance, there is a risk of allowing overtaking.
As of the 13th, Kim Ha-seong’s WAR, compiled by the statistics website ‘FanGraphs’, was 4.5. Soto had been ahead by a certain distance, but the score was tied at 13. The gap with third place Tatis Jr. (4.3) has also narrowed significantly. And due to the results of the match on the 14th, first place was lost to Soto. Considering that this is a position that requires a lot of stamina, unlike Soto and Tatis Jr., proper management during August is again lacking.