NC’s Autumn Baseball Engine
NC is a team specialized in the top batting order. During this year’s regular season, several teams found NC difficult due to its incomparable top-order connectivity.
Veteran .300 batters are lined up, from top hitter Son Ah-seop to No. 2 Park Min-woo and No. 3 Park Gun-woo. Son Ah-seop, a leading heater, finished the regular season with a batting average of 0.339; Park Min-woo a batting average of 0.316, and Park Kun-woo a batting average of 0.319. On top of that, Jason Martin, a foreign hitter with a batting average of 0.283 for the season, 17 home runs, 90 RBIs, and a 0.815 OPS, will be followed by No. 4. Kwon Hee-dong, a mid- to long-range catcher, will hold out in the fifth batting order.
SSG manager Kim Won-hyung, who has been in the semi-playoff with NC since the 22nd, also seems to be very concerned about NC’s connection to the top order. However, ahead of the first round of the semi-playoff on the 22nd, head coach Kim also responded by paying attention to NC’s destructive power in the lower batting order, which was revealed after the wild card game. It was analyzed that the batting order trend has changed slightly from the regular season. Maybe it was a very accurate look at by director Kim.
NC, which had been reeling at the end of the regular season, has been looking for a new engine in the lower batting order since the start of the fall baseball season. The atmosphere is changing from the lower batting order.
In the first round of the Changwon wild card decision against Doosan on the 19th, it was also due to the “one shot” of the lower batting order that overturned the 0-3 inferiority at the beginning of the game. In the fourth inning, Seo Ho-cheol’s grand slam and No. 8 Kim Hyung-joon’s solo homer turned the tide 5-3 at once, and he won 14-9 after not giving up the flow despite the battle. Seo Ho-cheol had three hits and six RBIs in four at-bats, and Kim Hyung-joon had two hits and four RBIs in two at-bats with two home runs.
The first round of the semi-playoff was also divided by the movement of NC’s lower batting order. With SSG left-handed starter Roenis Elias’ brilliant pitching and NC starter Shin Min-hyuk’s crisis management, Kim Sung-wook’s two-run home run, which came out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of 0-0, completely changed the atmosphere of the stadium. NC won the first round 4-3.
If NC, which ranked fourth in the postseason, continues its upward mood, it is highly likely that the destructive power of the lower batting order, which was outside the calculation, will be a big weapon from the opposing team’s perspective. Most “upset” successful teams are unexpectedly encouraged by “crazy players” who show crazy mode, because NC has created a background to ride a similar trend. 스포츠토토
In the NC bottom batting order, shortstop Kim Joo-won, who gained momentum with two home runs in the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team, which ended on the 8th, is also holding out. If NC’s proud top hitters only perform close to their expectations, they will be able to unleash tremendous power through synergy with the bottom batting order.
NC, which has to go up from the bottom, feels like it has found a way, although it has only crossed the starting line of autumn baseball. NC coach Kang In-kwon said before the game on the 22nd, “The overall hitting cycle of the players seems to be good.” It does not seem that director Kang, who has heavy words and actions, just brought it up in anticipation.