The momentum of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of the season is scary.
Pittsburgh has had great momentum in the early stages of this season. As of the 24th (Korean time), it is 16 wins and 7 losses, ranking first in the Central Division of the Major League National League. The 2nd place Milwaukee Brewers is chasing by half a game, but it is a situation where the 3rd place Chicago Cubs (3 games), 4th place St. Louis Cardinals (6.5 games), and 5th place Cincinnati Reds (8.5 games) are separated.
In particular, it has been on an upward trend with a recent 7-game winning streak. On the 18th and 20th, the Colorado Rockies swept 3 matches and returned home to win all 4 matches against Cincinnati. All four games were fierce matches with a score difference of 1-2 points, but Pittsburgh laughed in all of them.
The American media ‘Pittsburgh Post Gazette’ analyzed the reason for the rise of Pittsburgh on the 25th. The media cited the young starters, the performance of bullpen pitchers, and the batting approach as reasons. I also paid attention to the runners’ base play and the growth of young players.
The ‘Pittsburgh Post Gazette’ said, “One of the reasons Pittsburgh got off to a good start is the players’ athleticism and quick running. “The fast players led by Bae Ji-hwan, Andrew McCutchen, Rodolfo Castro, Kibrian Hayes and even Jack Swinsky mean they are ready to make it through base play,” he said.
“Pittsburgh has stolen 25 bases this season. It is second in the major leagues. The stolen base rate (83.3%) was 10th,
The ‘Pittsburgh Post Gazette’ mentioned Bae Ji-hwan along with Swinsky, Castro, and Tucupita Macano, saying, “Pittsburgh’s hot start was also influenced by the encouraging performances of young defenders.” The media said, “Bae Ji-hwan’s center field defense is a must-see on TV.”
Bae Ji-hwan, who is playing a full major league season for the first time this season, is recording 13 hits, 2 homers, 8 RBIs, 11 points, 5 steals, a batting average of 0.206 OPS and 0.608. He also showed good defensive skills by going back and forth between second base and center field.
Meanwhile, starting on the 26th, Pittsburgh will play three home matches against the LA Dodgers, who are in first place in the National League West. 안전놀이터