Some say it’s “luck of the draw”. Others say the team has a “winning DNA” that allowed them to win close games on their way to the title last year. Whatever the case may be, SSG continues to play some close games this season, but they generally win. They’re playing the kind of baseball that wins in the end.
SSG’s performance this season has been so noteworthy that it’s often a topic of conversation in the other four ballparks without SSG. That’s because, as of July 7, the team ranks second in team ERA (3.38) and sixth in team batting average (0.254), which doesn’t stand out on the surface, but it also leads the league with a 0.654 winning percentage (34-1, 18-0).
‘Hard-fought wins’ have become the norm. In the bottom of the ninth inning against the KIA in Gwangju on July 7, Seo Jin-yong, who had blown a 9-7 lead, loaded the bases with nobody out and a sacrifice fly to bring the tying run to within one run, but the team was able to hold on for a 9-8 victory. The previous day against KIA, they were down 2-1 in the ninth inning, but managed to hold on for a one-run victory 메이저놀이터.
There were many one-run games. We’ve already had 14 games decided by one run, but our winning percentage in one-run games is 0.714 (10-4), which is pretty good. LG, which trails SSG by 1.5 games, has a 7-5 record (0.583) in 12 one-point games, while third-place Lotte has a 6-3 record (0.667) in nine one-point games.
SSG is a team that has its fair share of problems. Han Yoo-seom, who was the mainstay of the offense last year, is batting just .184 with two home runs. Jeon Eui-san, who was the new lifeblood of the team’s batting last year with his gesture, has also hit three home runs, but his batting average is 0.197. However, the ‘batting gap’ is being filled naturally with the performance of newly added foreign hitter Guillermo Heredia and the combined efforts of Oh Tae-gon and Ha Jae-hoon.
Recently, ace Kim Kwang-hyun was dropped from the roster as a measure of self-restraint before he was disciplined for drinking with junior Jung Chul-won (Doosan) after a game against Japan during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in Tokyo, Japan, in March. SSG took both games in which Kim did not start. In the first game, they won thanks to a strong performance from replacement starter Baek Seung-gun, and in the second game, the bats exploded while Baek was shaky to pull off the upset.
SSG often played with a “cosmic energy” last year, when they won wire-to-wire. SSG wins “by and large” whether it’s sweaty or cold. One thing is for sure, baseball is a numbers game, but it’s not all there is to it, there are forces at work that are not easily seen in the numbers. In SSG Baseball, at least so far, there’s something else that moves the needle.