Kim Ha-sung started as the team’s first batter and second baseman in a 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on the 13th and recorded no hits and one strikeout in four at-bats. The season’s batting average dropped from 0.290 to 0.286 and the OPS from 0.837 to 0.828 respectively. 사설토토
Prior to the game, Kim Ha-sung had been hitting 16 consecutive games since the home game against Pittsburgh on the 25th of last month. This was in line with the record Choo Shin-soo 41, current SSG achieved in 2013 when he was in Cincinnati. At that time, Choo Shin-soo hit 16 consecutive games from the game against San Francisco on July 3 to the game against San Francisco on July 23 of that year.
Kim Ha-sung struck out in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning. However, there was some disappointment in the ball decision. The fastball outside the first pitch was caught at the end of the strike zone, but the ball was declared, and on the contrary, Kim Ha-sung stepped down with an elusive strikeout as the fastball toward the body, which was slightly missing for the sixth pitch in the ball count 2-2, was declared a strike.
Since then, Kim Ha-sung’s hit has rarely come out. In the top of the third inning, he pushed a cutter toward his body but stepped down with a fly ball to right field. In his third at-bat in the top of the fifth inning, he hit the bat from the first pitch, but added an out count as he became a ground ball in front of the third baseman.
Kim Ha-sung played a game that went up to nine pitches in the last chance at the top of the eighth inning. He showed his concentration by making three consecutive fouls after watching two strikes in three balls. However, he failed to add a hit as he stepped down with a grounder to third base on a slider that fell to the ninth pitch.
The team’s batters were silent with five hits and no runs, losing 0-3, and Kim Ha-sung eventually stopped his consecutive hit streak. In addition, 19 consecutive games, which have been on base since the 22nd of last month, have been suspended. It was also regrettable that it was the second longest record after Aji Albies (Atlanta, 20 games).
However, Kim Ha-sung improved his record during consecutive hits, proving that he has fully adapted to the Major League. As of July 24, before the record began, Kim Ha-sung had a season batting average of 0.267 and an OPS of 0.784. It’s not a bad figure, but it wasn’t a noticeable record. Even that was the result of raising the batting average 0.299, which was close to .300 in July.
However, from the game on the 25th, Kim Ha-sung showed a good batting sense with 24 hits in 58 at-bats and a batting average of 0.414 in 16 games. In addition, the on-base percentage was 0.514 and the slugging percentage was 0.603, and the OPS, the sum of the two, reached 1.118. Amid these performances, Kim Ha-sung’s season batting average rose to 0.290 and OPS rose to 0.837 as of the 12th.
In the meantime, Kim Ha-sung’s consecutive hits were not the only ones he recorded. From the 23rd of last month to the 8th of last month, he steadily succeeded in getting on base more than twice in every game, tying the Asian player’s consecutive multi-base record 15 games set in 2007. In addition, Choo Shin-soo’s record for the most stolen bases 22 steals, 2010 in a single season was also broken on the 5th.
The U.S. central stage is also paying attention to the performance of Kim Ha-sung, who ranks first among fielders as of the 12th with a 5.9 WAR contribution to victory over substitute players in the baseball reference. MLB Network, a sports channel that broadcasts major leagues across the U.S., analyzed his batting and defense on the 9th under the theme of How undervalued Kim Ha-sung is. Mark Derosa, head coach of the U.S. national team at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, even took action and demonstrated.
It goes without saying that the team’s evaluation has risen. According to MLB, San Diego manager Bob Melvin said, Kim Ha-sung is great It’s great. He has been showing fantastic performances throughout this season, and he is the most consistent player on the team, he praised.