Jamsil Big Boy is home to the league’s home run leader.
LG is cruising through the league, looking to win its first Korean Series title in 29 years. At the center of it all is a hot batting lineup. They lead the league with a team batting average of 0.291. That’s more than two points ahead of second-place NC (0.269). Their team OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is also unrivaled at 0.781.
메이저놀이터 The secret is that the Twins don’t suffer from the “batting order imbalance” that plagues all other teams. If we look at the batting averages of the top of the order (1-2), middle of the order (3-5), and bottom of the order (6-9), we see that many teams tend to gain one and lose one. SSG, the number one contender, has each partial ranking in turn: 4th-3rd-9th. Doosan, on the other hand, has a somewhat odd structure of 9th-7th-2nd.
Only LG is free from imbalance. The table-setters are batting 0.300 (1st), the center fielders are batting 0.287 (2nd), and the bottom of the order is batting 0.288 (1st). The lineup and depth are solid.
Note the bottom of the order. Most teams put their best offensive players up top, so expectations are naturally lower. LG is different. It’s pretty much the center of the order. Only KT (0.289) has a better batting average than LG’s bottom of the order. That’s how scary players are.
Anbang Manim Park Dong-won, who was booked as a ‘filial piety free agent’, is in the lineup. His batting average isn’t high at 0.269, but he has 10 home runs (1st in the league) and 29 RBIs (6th), making him the epitome of an offensive catcher. If he keeps up this pace, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs are not out of the question.
Not far behind is Jae-won “Jamsil Big Boy” Lee. He got off to a slow start due to a side injury, but has been accelerating. He hit back-to-back home runs against KT in Jamsil on the 16th and a three-run shot against SSG in Incheon on the 24th. His double against KT on the 17th, which was the fastest hit in the league this season (181.8 kilometers per hour), also left a deep impression. His power is real.
LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop’s lips curled up. “We have Dong-won and Jae-won, so even if we’re the bottom of the order, our opponents can’t play us easily and it’s tricky,” the manager said, explaining, “Because we have one hit, the ball keeps going into the corner.” “If there’s a runner on base, it’s a walk. If the two players do a good job of picking out the ball, the batting lineup is really complete.”