The KIA Tigers, who were competing for mid-rank despite a series of injuries, fell into a 5-game losing streak. KIA was dragged throughout the game against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 14th, but lost 4-8 and suffered a sweeping defeat in three consecutive weekend games. KIA, who suffered 5 consecutive losses since May 10, fell to 7th place with a season total of 14 wins and 17 losses with a win rate of 0.452.

The biggest reason KIA fell into a long losing streak again is the silence of the other line. During the five-game losing streak, not once did they score more than five points and averaged just 2.4 points per game. 

In the meantime, KIA’s foreign batter Socrates did not record any multi-hits, 4 hits in 20 at-bats, a batting average of 0.200, and one RBI OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.488 without a home run. If Socrates had worked hard, KIA might not have fallen into a 5-game losing streak.

Socrates’ sluggishness does not stop in the last five games. His season record was a batting average of 0.273, 2 home runs, 16 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.697, falling short of a batting average of 2.8 and an OPS of 0.7. The WAR (based on the KB Report), which represents the contribution to victory compared to substitute players, is 0.46, which is normal. 

Socrates is unable to offset the weakness of the KIA lineup, which has lost destructive power as giant gun Na Seong-beom could not play a single game due to a long-term injury and rookie Kim Do-young left. It is not an exaggeration to say that only veteran Choi Hyeong-woo, who was born in 1983 and is playing the 40-year-old season, is struggling recently as the main lineup of the KIA.

Socrates, who hit 17 home runs last year, averages one home run per 30.24 at-bats. But this season, he’s hitting 1 home run per 60.50 at-bats. The home run pace fell to less than half. His slugging percentage dropped by more than 10% from 0.494 last year to 0.364 this year. It is difficult to expect a home run, which is a requirement for foreign batters to succeed, from Socrates this season.

Last year, Socrates, who debuted in the KBO League, had a batting average of 0.311, 77 RBIs, OPS 0.848 and WAR 4.37, and was acclaimed as one of the few successful foreign hitters among 10 clubs, and succeeded in renewing the contract. Thanks to Socrates’ great performance, KIA advanced to the postseason in 4 years by finishing 5th in the regular season.카지노사이트

Some are raising the analysis that Socrates’ sluggish performance has continued since the second half of last year. On July 2 last year, Socrates was hit in the face by a pitch from Kim Gwang-hyun in the match against Munhak SSG Landers and suffered a fracture of his nose bone, leaving him out for a month. 

On August 2, Socrates returned to the first team, but after that, until the end of the season, he was sluggish with a batting average of 0.281, 6 homers, 31 RBIs and an OPS of 0.738. It may be that the psychological aftereffects of his major injury remain and he is unable to regain his good batting pace. Of course, it may be the result of intensive analysis and containment of Socrates by the opponent battery. 

In the third week of May, KIA will face Samsung Lions and Kiwoom Heroes, who have an odds ratio of 40%, in turn and play six games in a row. It is not a schedule to meet a top-ranked team, but it can be an opportunity for KIA to recover the 50% win rate again. Attention is focusing on whether Socrates, who is rumored to be replaced due to continued sluggishness, will lead the team to rebound from the sluggish batting.

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