Until last year, Jung Bo-geun of the Lotte Giants had a career batting average of 1.7 percent. During the same period, only Na Kyun-an, who turned to pitcher, had a lower batting average. After giving up his position to his junior Son Sung-bin, who was discharged from Sangmu in June, he was desperate. Jung Bo-geun’s bat, which returned to the first division at the end of July, was hot.
In August, he batted .439 (18 hits in 41 at-bats) with one home run and nine RBIs. It is a brilliant performance by anyone, but the surprise turned into a surprise because the main character is Jung Bo-geun. He had a batting average of 40% to 50% on-base percentage (52%) to 60% on-base percentage (659) and his OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) reached 1.179. Significant moments such as his first home run of the season (Tongsan No. 2) and his first triple since his debut were poured out. 토토사이트
The unfortunate thing is that the chances of playing decreased due to the return of the main catcher Yoo Kang-nam in mid-August and the repeated cancellation of rain, and as a result, the sense of hitting has subsided. Jung Bo-geun’s performance since Yoo Kang-nam’s return to the starting lineup (August 17) is only three hits in 15 at-bats. At least, he hit only three hits against the Kiwoom Heroes on August 20, and had no hits and one walk in the remaining five games. He also had no hits in two at-bats against the Doosan Bears on the 4th. The season’s batting average has also fallen below 40%.
Still, it was the No. 1 monthly OPS in August. Although the sample is small, it was a devastating month, surpassing Samsung’s Koo Ja-wook (94 at-bats, 1.139) and Doosan’s Kim Jae-ho (83 at-bats, 1.135). Son Sung-bin, who went down to the second division, was only able to return to the first division in September when the entry was expanded. Currently, as many as five catchers are registered in Lotte’s first division. However, Junghoon Lee has already turned to the outfield, and Seo Dong-wook is also undergoing outfield training. Jung Bo-geun’s changed presence is revealed.
It was August that showed the influence of one “crazy player” on the team well. Lotte, which holds the hope of autumn baseball, desperately needs a new air brought by Jung Bo-geun. Jung Bo-geun is already well recognized for his defensive aspects such as communication with pitchers and throwing to second base. Lotte fans, wishing for the first fall baseball in six years, are eager for Jung Bo-geun’s hit to be an awakening, not a temporary boom.