“978.9 billion infield, a symbol of SD sluggishness”… U.S. media criticizes Kim Ha-sung’s injury
“The four infielders with a total contract value of 738 million dollars (approximately 978.9 billion won) are a symbol of San Diego’s sluggishness.”
The American sports media ‘The Athletic’ criticized the San Diego Padres infield on the 26th (Korean time) for not performing well enough for the ransom. He pointed out that the team is not rebounding because all of the main infielders such as Manny Machado, Xander Bogatz, Jake Cronenworth, and Kim Ha-seong do not exert any power at the plate. San Diego is down to fourth place in the National League West with a season record of 23 wins and 27 losses.
Kim Ha-seong was replaced after being hit on the inside of his left knee by his own foul ball from the first at-bat in the second inning against the Washington Nationals. He complained of excruciating pain immediately after the injury to the extent that his organ dislocation was concerned, but as a result of the hospital examination, he was diagnosed with a simple bruise. Kim Ha-seong plans to return to the field after resting for a day against the New York Yankees on the 27th.
Even while he was unable to play properly due to an injury, The Athletic evaluated Ha-seong Kim as sluggish. The media pointed out that ‘Kim Ha-seong is making good grades, such as leading the major leagues in DRS (an indicator of how many runs are prevented by defense), but his batting performance is below the average of second basemen in the league’.
Ha-seong Kim recorded a batting average of 0.237 (36 hits in 152 at-bats), an OPS of 0.698, 5 homers and 16 RBIs this season. It cannot be denied that the figures are below average. Still, the pace was not bad in May. In 20 games in May, he had a batting average of 0.273 (18 hits in 66), an OPS of 0.793, 3 home runs and 10 RBIs, and in defense, he has a high contribution to the team, such as guarding a hot corner instead of Machado, who left due to injury. That’s why San Diego coach Bob Melvin would have jumped out of the dugout as soon as Ha-sung Kim collapsed after being hit by a batted ball and checked his condition from the sidelines until he left the field.
In fact, the sluggishness of the other three is more painful in terms of hitting. The Athletic said, ‘Machado is on the disabled list (with a fractured left hand) after a mere 0.654 OPS. Bogaerts plays great as a shortstop, but is batting just .179 in May. Cronenworth also criticized him for not providing enough offensive power as a first baseman.
Here, Machado and Bogatz boast the highest ransom in the major leagues. Machado signed an 11-year, $350 million contract extension with San Diego ahead of this season, and Bogatz signed an 11-year, $280 million free agent contract this year. There is no choice but to voice criticism towards the two players.
The Athletic emphasized that while key infielders such as Kim Ha-seong and Bogarts may be superior in terms of defensive stability, backup infielder Lougned Odor is better at hitting. O’Doer took the lead in preventing the team’s 6th consecutive losing series by hitting a comeback 3-pointer in the top of the 9th inning against Washington, which was trailing 5-6.
The media emphasized that ‘Odor has a batting average of 0.316 and an OPS of 1.013 in May, and if you look at the season performance,메이저놀이터 he was active with 5 hits and 10 RBIs in 14 at-bats in scoring position.
It is an undeniable fact that Odor is the first-choice substitute in the infield in a situation where Kim Ha-seong and Macha-do cannot play immediately. If Odor continues to show off his firepower at the plate while Kim Ha-seong takes care of himself, manager Melvin may consider making some changes to the existing main infield consisting of Machado-Bogatz-Kim Ha-seong-Kronenworth.