” Holding down after 11 consecutive wins’ Super bad news for Doosan “
The Doosan Bears, which had set a record of advancing to the Korean Series for seven consecutive years, suddenly accepted the ninth-place report card last year, the worst since the 2000s. Coach Lee Seung-yeop was brought in during the offseason, and the first thing he said was reinforcement of the catcher.
Doosan invested 15.2 billion won in 4+2, and Lee Seung-yeop, who had Yang Eui-ji (36), who had long wanted, is now challenging Doosan to enter the top ranks again.
Even when the team’s batting lineup suffered a severe slump at the beginning of the season, Yang Eui-ji remained alone and won the Golden Glove eight times, and his batting power was unique, following “legendary catcher” Lee Man-soo.
The catcher of the national team, whom he trusts and sees, took special care to make sure he would not get sick. He rarely missed a game, but as a catcher, he threw 522⅔ innings, eighth among all catchers in the league. He entrusted Jang Seung-hyun with 258⅔ innings and worked hard to manage the physical strength of the main host.
As a result, Yang Eui-ji recorded a batting average of 0.323 (94 hits in 291 at-bats), 9 home runs, 44 RBIs and 35 runs, and flew significantly with an on-base percentage of 0.425, a slugging percentage of 0.481, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.906.
He was ranked 3rd on the team for most hits, most doubles, 2nd in RBI, and 3rd in home runs. He also reached a batting average of 0.350 in scoring position. It was to the point where it was hard to think of another lineup without his will. This is also the reason why he pitches the most as the number 4 hitter despite being a catcher.
According to the baseball statistics site Statties, he ranks fourth in the league with a win contribution ratio (WAR) of 4.07 compared to substitute players. In Doosan, Yang Eui-ji was followed by Su-bin Su, with a big difference of 2.10. Jang Seung-hyun, who had to wear a catcher mask instead of Yang Eui-ji, had a WAR of 0.32, a big difference.
That is why the departure of Yang Eui-ji is a very painful Doosan. Yang Eui-ji was excluded from the starting lineup for the KT Wiz game in Jamsil on the 6th.
I felt pain in my side and felt uncomfortable during the swing process, so I ended up going to the hospital for a checkup. Although the results of the detailed examination have not yet been revealed, the side is a sensitive area, so it cannot be ruled out that the worst situation in which the injury will be prolonged while trying to recover quickly cannot be ruled out.
Doosan lost 1-3 in the game without Yang Eui-ji. Kim Jae-hwan, who came out as the 4th hitter, was hitless in 4 at-bats. He still remains in the entry, but it is a policy to make a decision to exclude him from the entry after watching his physical condition until the 8th.
In July, he won 11 consecutive wins, the most in Doosan history, but since then, he has struggled with 3 wins and 8 losses, including 5 consecutive losses. Other teams also have injured players, but it is not easy to find a player who accounts for as much weight as Yang Eui-ji of Doosan.
Doosan, which had been putting pressure on the lead with 11 consecutive wins, recently faltered and fell to 5th place with 47 wins, 44 losses and 1 draw. This week is a hit and run schedule. After three consecutive matches against the 10th placed Samsung Lions at home in Jamsil, they move to Daejeon to face the 8th placed Hanwha Eagles.
In their opponents, Doosan was strong against Samsung with 5 wins and 3 losses and against Hanwha with 8 wins and 4 losses. However, without positive will, Doosan’s power is greatly reduced. In particular, Yang Eui-ji was strong with a batting average of 0.421 in 7 matches against Samsung, and was strong enough to post 2 home runs and 9 RBIs with a batting average of 0.382 in 10 matches against Hanwha.
- Coach Lee Seung-yeop’s head is complicated by the absence of a key player in the team.