“I don’t think you should be greedy. If you’re greedy, your play will be twisted a lot.”
Jang Seong-woo started as the 4th hitter catcher in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ match against the Doosan Bears held at Jamsil Stadium on the 17th.
From the first at-bat, Jang Seong-wu’s bat spewed fire. At the beginning of the first inning, he hit opponent starter Brandon Waddell’s slider with one company on first and second base, giving the team a 3-0 lead with a 115m three-run home run (season 9) that crossed the left fence.
It didn’t stop, and in the top of the 3rd inning, when the team was ahead 4-3, it was 5-3 with an RBI double that split the middle right in the first base. In the top of the 5th inning, when the team led 6-3, he hit a timely hit with one RBI at second base. Jang Seong-woo showed a pleasant sense of hitting by hitting a left-handed hit in the top of the 9th inning, the last at-bat. The final result was 4 hits in 5 at-bats (1 home run), 5 RBIs and 1 run. He helped the team win 9-8.
Jang Seong-woo, whom we met after the game, said, “I jokingly said, ‘How does Jang Seong-wu get a lot of points when he hits 4?’ Thinking about it, I think there was a good result,” he said.
He continued, “I and (Kim) Sang-soo haven’t felt good at hitting lately. Previously, when other players were not good, Sang-soo and I were good, but now, when we are not good, other players are good and we are winning the game. About 2 weeks It was not good, but (the downturn) was buried. Also, as a catcher, I focused on reducing runs with the starting pitchers, and it continued to be bad, but I feel good to be able to contribute greatly to the game today (17th),” he smiled.
At the beginning of the season, kt fell to the bottom with a number of injured players. As of June 2nd, a dark shadow was cast, recording 16 wins, 2 draws and 30 losses with a win-loss margin of -14. However, as the season progresses, more and more magical things happen. With the victory on this day, they sprinted for 5 consecutive wins, and with a season record of 56 wins, 2 draws and 45 losses (0.554 win rate), they pressed SSG Landers (55 wins, 1 draw and 44 losses / win rate 0.556) with a difference of ‘2 li’.
There are many reasons for kt’s high-flying streak, but what stands out the most is the presence of the starting pitchers. According to the baseball statistics website ‘Staties’, kt has the strongest starting lineup in the second half of the league. The starting lineup, consisting of Koh Young-pyo, William Cuevas, Wes Benjamin, Um Sang-baek, and Bae Jae-seong, leads the team’s upward trend by recording the highest rank in major indicators such as wins (16 wins), innings (144 innings), and ERA (2.69). are doing
Catcher Seong-Woo Jang’s role cannot be left out here. It is true that baseball is a pitcher’s game, but this is because the pitcher and the catcher, who match the battery breath throughout the game, also play a large role.
Jang Seong-woo said, “It’s not just this year. Every year, our team color is that our starting pitchers throw long and throw well. , I think there are definitely good times and bad times. Now I think it’s time to improve, so I think we’ve found our team’s original form.”
kt, which has risen to the top ranks and is on the verge of taking second place in the league. However, Jang Seong-wu does not want to be greedy.
Jang Seong-woo said, “Even the players say, ‘I don’t know what happened’ from -14 to +11. It’s the same now as it was at -14. We focus on the game every day. Everyone is like that. Just do what you do, do your best every day. “If I do my best, there will be good results, so I think I’ve come this far. There will be bad times, but even if things go bad, I think I can run to a higher place if I do the same.”메이저사이트
He continued, “There may be people who are greedy (ranking), but I don’t think you should be greedy. If you are greedy, your play will be twisted a lot. I will do my best in every game without thinking like that.”