“I think it’s going to be more of a two-point play when you need a one-point play”
The first half is over. A fierce battle for the top spot is unfolding. While the LG Twins and SSG Landers are battling for the top spot, the Doosan Bears have rattled off nine straight wins to move up to third place at the end of the first half. The NC Dinos, Lotte Giants, KIA Tigers, KT Wiz, Hanwha Eagles, Kiwoom Heroes, and Samsung Lions follow in fourth through 10th place. The difference between NC and Kiwoom is 4.5 games.
The competition for the mid-tier teams to qualify for fall baseball is hot. Once a team gets on a roll, they can surge like Doosan. On the flip side, a losing streak can quickly send them tumbling down the standings.
KT, which finished the first half in seventh place, is also looking to rebound. Park Byung-ho, who met with reporters at the All-Star Game fan signing at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 15th, said, “Anyway, I think we were able to gain strength at the end of the first half as the players who were injured in the first half returned. In the second half, it will probably be a more intense race. I hope we can take the good feeling we had at the end and start anew,” he said.
KT fell into a slump at the beginning of the season due to injuries. At the end of May, the team was in last place with 16 wins, two draws and 29 losses. However, they rebounded in June. With 15 wins and 8 losses, they topped the table in June. They also climbed to seventh place in the standings. The return of injured players gave the team new energy.
Park believes that all players should be injury-free. “I think it would be good if all team players were injury-free. “I think it would be good for everyone on the team to be injury-free,” he said, “and I hope that the players who think they played poorly in the first half of the season, including me, will step up and help us fight for positions.
Park appeared in 71 games this season, batting .267 with 66 hits, seven home runs, 42 RBIs, 26 runs scored, a .343 on-base percentage, a .389 slugging percentage and a .731 OPS. He cited power as both his first-half disappointment and his goal for the second half.
“Personally, I think my batting average dropped a lot compared to last year’s performance, and that’s a bit disappointing,” Park said. “I don’t have any record goals. I think it would be great to recover my long batting power and play a role in giving the team two points when they need one.”
Meanwhile, KT will start the second half of the season with a three-game series against Samsung in Daegu on May 21. It will be interesting to see if they can continue the momentum from their sweep in the last three games of the first half. 메이저놀이터 주소