The Kia Tigers are no longer the sole leader in the KBO - as the NC Dinos swept the three-game series against the Tigers over the weekend, changes have been made to the ranking.
The determining factor for the two teams turned out to be their relief pitchers. Though the Tigers were the leader in the KBO since April 14, they were the only team to have their relief pitchers’ ERA recorded above 6.00, whereas the Dinos are ranked first in the league at 4.04. The Dinos and the Tigers are tied for the lead at 47 wins and 27 losses.
The Samsung Lions, who got themselves out of the bottom of the standing last week, extended their number of games over the KT Wiz by winning two of the three game series against the Hanwha Eagles over the weekend at their home stadium, Lions Park in Daegu.
Player in focus: Koo Ja-wook (Samsung Lions)
With Lee Seung-yuop leaving the team after the 2017 season, Koo Ja-wook is the Samsung Lions’ player to replace Lee in the upcoming season.
Koo, who turned professional in 2012, is now in his third season in the KBO. In his first year, 2015, Koo had a 0.349 batting average with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs, winning the rookie of the year award. In his second year, he has shown improvement once again, recording a 0.343 batting average with a total of 14 home runs and 77 RBIs.
And this year, he is becoming one of the Lions’ main batters, as he already tied with his career best home runs at 14 and has a 0.314 batting average so far. Not only that, he has shown steady improvement in his slugging percentage.
Up until last year, Koo played as the Lions’ first or second batter, but this year, he has been third batter most of the time. That said, it is clear that the swing changes Koo made are helping him hit more home runs.
Starting today, the Lions will be playing in three game series against the Kia Tigers at Gwangju Mudeung Baseball Stadium.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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