“I want to play a fixed batting order, too.”
Hong Won-ki (50), coach of the Kiwoom Heroes, expressed his candid feelings about the changing batting order every time except for No. 4 Edison Russell.
Head coach Hong Won-ki said ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season home game against SSG Landers at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 6th, “Except for one Russell, there are constant changes, but this can only be seen as a desperate measure to score even one more point. It would be best to return to a fixed batting order, but due to team conditions, we cannot do that.”
This season, Kiwoom started with Lee Yong-kyu and Kim Hye-seong as table setters, Lee Jung-hoo, Russell, and Lee Hyeong-jong in the top batting order. However, Lee Jeong-hoo is experiencing unprecedented sluggishness with a batting average of 0.233 (based on the 5th game), and Lee Hyeong-jong is also batting average 0.236, failing to maintain the pace in the early stages, and the batting order experiment continues.
This day’s game is Lee Jung-hoo (center fielder) – Park Chan-hyuk (designated hitter) – Kim Hye-seong (2nd baseman) – Russell (shortstop) – Lee Won-seok (3rd baseman) – Lim Byeong-wook (right fielder) – Joo Seong-won (left fielder) – Lee Byeong-gyu (1st baseman) – Lee Ji-young (catcher) ) in the batting order. The starting pitcher is Ahn Woo-jin.
Lee Won-seok started as a third baseman for the first time after moving to Kiwoom, and Lee Byeong-gyu, Park Chan-hyuk, and Joo Seong-won, who are evaluated as not bad at hitting, have been in the lineup. Lee Hyeong-jong and Kim Hwi-jip, who had been sluggish recently, were excluded from the selection.
Manager Hong said, “Lee Won-seok played a lot at third base at Samsung, and we plan to organically consider the physical aspect.” He had a good record (cycling hit) and it was reported that his pace was not bad. I think you can see it as a lineup made to maximize attack.”
However, the key is the recovery of batting pace by Lee Jung-hoo, the center hitter. Lee Jung-hoo declared a major league challenge after this season, but his recent pace is not like him. Fortunately, after Lee Jeong-hoo’s batting order was raised to No. 1 in the last Daegu Samsung game, he is recovering with hits in four consecutive games. 토스카지노
Manager Hong expressed regret, saying, “(Ideal batting order) doesn’t seem to exist yet. That’s why I worry every day.” It seems that there will be changes depending on the results, but if Lee Jung-hoo’s batting performance that he is satisfied with comes up, it will be more vital to the team.”