“Now is the time for the main man to go out”…Lee Kang-chul’s thoughts on Kang Baek-ho’s ‘starting spot’

KT Wiz manager Lee Kang-chul talked about infielder Kang Baek-ho ahead of the “2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” NC Dinos match at Changwon NC Park on the 13th.

Kang Baek-ho has played in 63 games this year and has a batting average of 0.261 (54 hits in 207 at-bats) with seven home runs and 36 RBIs (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.760. He has been out of the first-tier entry for a while due to several injuries, but he has been called up to the first-tier team on the 5th and is playing. After his return, he has a batting average of 0.250 (1 hit in 4 at-bats) and one home run and four RBIs in six games.메이저놀이터

The recent KT lineup is solid. Oh Yoon-seok was established as the first baseman while Park Byung-ho was the designated hitter due to a calf injury. Kang Baek-ho, who did not pass in defense, is not playing as a designated hitter. Recently, there are many games waiting on the bench.

Regarding Kang Baek-ho’s starting appearance, coach Lee said, “The main player should play now. To be stable, the main player has to go out. If it doesn’t work out then, you have to use a pinch hitter. (O)Even if I tried to take out Yoon-seok, I couldn’t change it because the first base defense was the best when I was ahead. If you’re losing, it’s right to go aggressive. But now, I don’t want to risk it while breaking it,” he explained.

KT is ranked second in the league with 66 wins, 3 draws and 53 losses in the season and a winning rate of 0.555. It is a ‘0.5’ game difference with the third-place NC Dinos (64 wins, 2 draws, 52 losses, 0.552) and a ‘3’ game difference with the fourth-place KIA Tigers (60 wins, 2 draws, 53 losses, 0.531 wins) and the fifth-place SSG Landers (62 draws, 55 losses, 0.530 wins). It is an important time to keep their seats without losing them.

Coach Lee said, “If the main player goes out now and doesn’t work, we have to use the pinch hitter aggressively. I can’t take out the (stable) defense when I’m ahead. So I have a lot of worries, too. “I have to send (Kang) Baek-ho out, but there is no place to put him in,” he said.

“When (Baekho’s defense) is being dragged a lot… He also played defense in the Futures League (right fielder against Iksan Sangmu on September 3). Players will also be burdened,” he added.

Meanwhile, kt consisted of a lineup of Kim Min-hyuk (right fielder), Anthony Alford (left fielder), Hwang Jae-kyun (third baseman), Park Byung-ho (designated hitter), Bae Jung-dae (center fielder), Jang Sung-woo (first baseman), Shin Bon-ki (second baseman) and Kim Sang-soo ( shortstop), and starting pitcher Ko Young-pyo (107 losses, 150 innings, 299).

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