Ha Sung who is unlucky every day gets caught even if he hits well
Kim Ha-sung (27, San Diego) is losing his good sense of hitting in May. However, there was a background of ‘bad luck’ in it.
The San Diego Union-Tribune said on the 13th (Korea Standard Time), “Kim Ha-sung has not hit a home run in 11 games. But I’m still hitting strong balls.”
Kim Ha-sung played in 26 games until the 12th and has a batting average of 0.200, three home runs, and 12 RBIs with an OPS of 0.714. Although it is early in the season, except for batting average, he is performing better than last year in most attack indicators.
But he has been slowing down since May. In 10 games this month, Kim Ha-sung has a batting average of less than 10 percent (0.094). Of the three hits he made in 40 at-bats, only one double is the long hit. For this reason, some predict that it will return to last year’s performance.
However, the media claimed that Kim Ha-sung is suffering from continued bad luck. He also mentioned several scenes. In a home game against Miami on the 9th, Kim Ha-sung hit a large ball in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was expected to be a home run, but the ball went into the left fielder’s glove. The media said, “I flew 104.5 meters at a launch angle of 47 degrees, and none of the batters in the Major League this year hit farther than Kim Ha-sung.”
There was also a ball caught in the lake. In the game against Pittsburgh on the 1st, he sent a well-hit ball to the left, but was blocked by left fielder Jake Marisnick (31). Center fielder Jason Hayward (33) flew the ball, which would also be a hit in the Chicago Cubs game on the 10th. It was regrettable that the batting average was 0.820 in the statcast award 안전놀이터
Kim Ha-sung could not hide his regret whenever such a scene came out due to a series of misfortunes. “This happens every day,” he said through the media. The media said, “I won’t do that every day, but it’s not surprising that Kim Ha-sung feels that way.”
In fact, at the beginning of the season, Kim Ha-sung showed a different batting quality from last year. Although the batting speed decreased (139.5 kilometers per hour → 136.8 kilometers per hour), the percentage of barrel batting increased by 7.2 percent. The launch angle also rose from 13.6 degrees to 24.6 degrees. As a result, the expected slugging percentage (xSLG) rose sharply from 0.309 to 0.489. It is believed that a rebound will be possible at any time.
At the start of the season, Kim Ha-sung continued to live with promising player CJ Abrams (22). However, as Abrams recently went down to the minor leagues, chances are high that he will strengthen his position even after the return of main shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) from injury. If luck is added to this, Kim Ha-sung’s performance in his second year is expected to be more scary.