Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) returned to the starting lineup after five games with abdominal pain. In that game, he hit a two-run double, proving that his season isn’t over,메이저사이트 and that he’s still a force to be reckoned with in a no-out situation.
Kim started at second base in the starting six against St. Louis at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on April 23. It was his first appearance in five games and his first start since going 1-for-1 with a walk and a spectacular glove toss against Oakland on April 17. Kim went 1-for-4 on the day to show that he’s back in good spirits.
After playing well until the 17th, Kim suddenly felt a stomach ache after the game. At first, he shrugged it off, but before the final game against Auckland on the 18th, the pain worsened and he went to the hospital. The problem was so complicated that doctors couldn’t figure out the exact cause. Kim’s absence was longer than expected, as it was believed to be an internal organ problem, not a muscle problem.
He missed the last game of the three-game series against Oakland on the 18th, as well as the three-game series at home against Colorado. It was an unexpected absence. He was feeling a little better each day, but he wasn’t 100%, so it was a decision he had to make. However, he returned to the starting lineup on Game 23 to show that he was feeling better. The fact that he played a full game shows that his condition is no longer a problem.
He was moved to the number six position instead of his usual number one. This was partly to take some of the pressure off of Kim, and partly because San Diego’s “big four” of Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr, Juan Soto, and Manny Machado have been hitting well of late. Bogart’s recent hitting, especially in the leadoff spot in place of Kim, has been among the best in the majors.
In his first at-bat in the second inning, Kim hit a grounder to third base. But in his second at-bat in the fourth inning, with his team up 1-0, he pulled a Hudson’s sinker up the middle for an RBI double. The well-hit pitch went out of bounds and over the fence. It was Kim’s 21st double of the season.
Kim has been especially strong in no-out situations.
Kim ranks in the top five in the league in batting average with no outs.
Kim ranks seventh in the league not only in no-out situations, but also in slugging percentage when leading off the inning.
Unfortunately, the next batter, Grisham, singled to center field and Kim was thrown out at third base. It looked like a good play, and the St. Louis defense made a good play on the play. However, the fourth-inning hit was a reminder of one of Kim’s strengths this season. That is, hitting with no outs.
There are two main reasons to bat with no outs. First, you’re the leadoff hitter in the inning. This is a familiar situation for Kim, who has been batting first for many years. Here, a high slugging percentage can increase your chances of scoring runs in the inning. The second is when the previous batters have already gotten on base and have a chance. Here again, a high K% can be used to extend your chances. Hitting after the second inning is important in terms of frustrating the opponent, but hitting a no-out is important because it can lead to big runs for the team.
Kim is very strong in these no-out situations. To date, Kim has 202 at-bats in no-out situations. In those at-bats, which are among the highest in the league, he has a .337 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, and a .925 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). With no outs, he hit eight home runs, half of his season total, and drew 24 walks.
His no-out batting average is good for fifth in the league. First is Texas’ Corey Seager at .399. Masataka Yoshida (Boston) is second at 0.375, Luis Araes (Miami) is third at 0.374, and Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta) is fourth at 0.373. While there is a significant gap between fourth and fifth place, Kim has a similar batting average to Freddie Freeman (LA Dodgers, 0.337), who has been hitting at his peak this year.
He was strong in no-out situations, and he was also very strong as the first batter of the inning. He has a .335 batting average, a .411 slugging percentage, a .524 on-base percentage, and a .935 OPS when batting first in the inning. His .335 batting average ranks ninth in the league in that situation, and his OPS is seventh in the league.
Kim is performing well as a leadoff hitter.
He’s on pace to go 20-20 for the rest of the season
Here’s why San Diego manager Bob Melvin uses Ha-Sung Kim as a leadoff man. He has a very high rate of getting on base with no outs or in the first inning. He often harasses pitchers with his persistence, which has only gotten stronger since his promotion to leadoff. He conserves his bat as much as possible and makes his opponents work for it. It’s something that the San Diego lineup doesn’t have a lot of, and it’s easy to see why San Diego fans love him.
When Kim returned, the Padres went 4-2 and won 76 games. The team thought they were done for the season, but instead, they’ve won eight straight games and are on a miracle run. Waldron, the “knuckleballer,” pitched 5.2 innings with nine strikeouts and one earned run, and the bullpen protected a two-run lead. At the plate, Machado had a big game with four hits and three RBIs and Soto had three hits.
San Diego now has eight games left. Their chances of making the postseason remain slim at 1.1%, but the Padres are not giving up on their dream. After returning from a stomach bug, it will be interesting to see if Kim can add three more home runs in eight games to join the 20-20 club. He is three home runs and four stolen bases away from becoming the first Asian player in history to reach the 20-40 club.