Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) played an example of what kind of game should be played if it is a leadoff even without a hit.
Ha-seong Kim started as the first batter and second baseman in the 2023 MLB visiting game against the Milwaukee Brewers held at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 26th (Korean time) and recorded no hits, two walks, and one stolen base in three at-bats. did.
The season’s batting average dropped slightly from 0.280 to 0.278, but the on-base percentage rose from 0.368 to 0.369. His OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) was 0.814.
On this day, San Diego had Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) – Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) – Juan Soto (left fielder) – Manny Machado (3rd baseman) – Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) – Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman) – Gary Sanchez (catcher) – Garrett Cooper (designated hitter) – Trent Grisham (center fielder) composed the batting line in order. The starting pitcher is Japanese right pitcher Yu Darvish.
Milwaukee: Christian Yelich (left fielder) – William Contreras (catcher) – Carlos Santana (1st baseman) – Willy Adames (shortstop) – Loudy Telles (designated hitter) – Mark Kanha (right fielder) – Andrew Monasterio (3rd baseman) ) – Bryce Turang (second baseman) – Tyone Taylor (center fielder) built the starting lineup. The starting pitcher was Brandon Woodruff.
The bat is silent, but the leading hitter Kim Ha-seong’s on-base instinct-football shined
Kim Ha-seong, who announced the start of the first inning, tried to hit opponent starter Woodruff’s 95 mph (152.8 km) fastball, but withdrew with a grounder from second baseman.
However, he was faithful to his original duty as the number one hitter, on base. Kim Ha-seong, who stood at bat with no runners in the 3rd inning, easily picked out balls that deviated greatly from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd zones. went on base
Milwaukee easily scored two runs with three hits and a hit ball, and quickly took a 5-0 lead with Telles’ three-run homer. San Diego counterattacked with Machado’s solo shot (Season 25) in the 4th inning, but that was it.
Kim Ha-seong, who stood at bat in the 5th inning with 2 outs, watched the 1st ball and 2nd strike, then cut a 96.4 mph (155.1km) four-seam fastball on the 3rd pitch and a 87.3mile (140.5km) changeup on the 4th pitch, and then went outside the 5th and 6th pitches. Picked up the ball on the side. Full count match. Kim Ha-seong, who removed the 7-pitch slider once again, patiently endured the bat on the 8-pitch high-fastball and wrote a multi-on-base.
Ha-seong Kim then stole second base. Tatis Jr.’s ball count at bat was 0-1, and Kim Ha-seong broke the start. Could it be because he was conscious of Kim Ha-sung’s quick feet? Opponent catcher Contreres’ throw missed and went to the center fielder. Ha-sung Kim stole his 29th base. Only one left until 30 stolen bases. Kim Ha-seong ran to third base and continued scoring opportunities. It was unfortunate that Tatis Jr. struck out on a swing and failed to score this time.
In the 7th inning, he took a long-awaited opportunity with 2nd out, 1st and 3rd base, but was completely defeated by right pitcher Abener Yuribe with a fastball. After watching the slider at 90.2 miles per hour (145.2 km) in the first pitch against the opponent, he fouled off the sinker with a whopping 99.9 miles (160.8 km) in the second ball. However, he was caught off guard by a 3-ball 91-mile (146.6 km) slider and bowed his head after striking out looking.
Milwaukee ran away with two more runs with three hits in the seventh inning. San Diego counterattacked in the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth inning, trailing 1-7, Cronenworth walked on base and Sanchez hit a home run to chase the score 3-7.
Kim Ha-seong took another chance. Kim Ha-seong, who appeared at bat with 2nd out and 1st base, fouled off the 1st pitch sinker and was driven to an unfavorable ball count by swinging in vain on the 2nd pitch low slider. Kim Ha-seong, who watched the high 3-ball fastball, hit the 4-ball slider that fell far below the zone with his proprietary technology, but the ball was sucked into the third baseman’s glove. In the end, the game ended in a 3-7 loss.
Second half batting average 0.313-OPS 0.912, “I cannot overemphasize the importance of Kim Ha-seong”
Although he swallowed regret with the team’s defeat, Ha-seong Kim’s value this season is being re-evaluated day by day. On the 25th, Inside the Padres, an American media outlet, praised Ha-seong Kim’s importance in the San Diego roster.
That would be the case, and the presence of Kim Ha-seong in the third year of the big league is incomparable to the previous one. In the previous two seasons, Kim Ha-seong was evaluated as a player who performed like Altoran. Being able to play a variety of positions in the infield made manager Bob Melvin’s game management easier.
On the other hand, the weakness was the blow. He was weak on fast balls, and his two seasons batting averages were .202 and .251. He hit double-digit homers (11) last year, but he still seemed to have more to come up against.
But he has been completely different this season. In particular, his performance in the second half is dazzling. This is the reason why his name goes up and down as one of the candidates for the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). He had a batting average of 0.258, 10 homers, and an OPS of 0.760 in 85 games in the first half. He deserves applause enough because he is an infielder’s record in addition to Gold Glove-level defense, but in the second half, he is performing incomparably.
He represents the team’s batting line with a batting average of 0.313, 7 homers and an OPS of 0.912 in 39 games in the second half. His transformation into the No. 1 hitter was a ‘God’s move’. In July, he transformed into the No. 1 hitter and is writing excellent results as a top hitter with a batting average of 0.294 and an OPS of 0.890.
The value of Kim Ha-sung can also be confirmed through detailed indicators. According to Baseball Reference, an American baseball statistics media, Kim Ha-sung’s contribution to victory (bWAR) against substitute players is 6.2, ranking first in the team as well as fourth in the big leagues as a whole.
If it is limited to players who play defense, it is ranked 3rd, and the defensive bWAR is 2nd with 2.2. He is ranked ninth overall with 4.4 in offense alone. In particular, in the defensive indicator DRS (Defensive Run Saved, an indicator that measures how many runs a defender has prevented), he played 667⅔ innings as a second baseman, and with +12 points, he ranks first in the NL and third in the big leagues.메이저사이트
He is also good at batting, but when the bat is not right like today, he leads the team with his on-base instinct and brilliant running sense. Kim Ha-seong, who is about to hit 20 (home run)-20 (steal base) for the first time as an Asian infielder, surpassed Choo Shin-soo’s record of stealing the most bases in Korea, leaving only one to 30 stolen bases. Ha-seong Kim’s versatility is shining enough to rank 5th in the NL in this category as well.
His sacrificial spirit for his team also shines through. In early August, he was named the Heart & Hustle Award’s San Diego representative of the year. Coach Melvin highly praised him as “a player who brings a lot of energy.” This is why San Diego fans can’t help but love ‘Awesome Kim’.
Inside the Padres said, “Ha-seong Kim was San Diego’s hope even in the darkest of this season.” “His growth was clearly impressive and helped San Diego survive in the playoff race. Got it,” he praised.
San Diego still has 33 games left. I can’t take my eyes off the splendid record that Kim Ha-seong will build.
San Diego, which was defeated on the day, recorded 61 wins and 68 losses. 4th in the NL West. In the wild card competition, they are continuing their hopes for fall baseball with a gap of 6.5 games with the 3rd place Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee ran for 6 consecutive wins, 71 wins, 57 losses, and 1st place in the NL Central Division.