Brito is in a deep slump after a promising May

The Kia Tigers’ foreign-born slugger Socrates Brito is in a deep slump after a promising May. Through 20 days, he’s batting just 15-for-61 with two homers and 11 RBIs. He has three home runs and 11 RBIs. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is just .670. He has struck out 12 times. He is just 5-for-22 (.243) with runners in scoring position.

Since opening day through April, he’s 2-for-7 with five home runs, 18 RBIs, 20 runs scored, and a .765 OPS. It wasn’t a spectacular performance, but it was serviceable. It was a bit of a surprise, as he’d had two years of warm May surges before last year. I remember May 2022, when he went 4-for-5 with five home runs, 28 RBIs, and a 1.145 OPS. In May 2023, 카지노사이트 he was 3-for-8 with four home runs, 14 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.890.

However, he fell short of expectations. It wasn’t the Socratic hitting of the previous two years. He often swung at pitches that were out of his range and didn’t show much power in scoring position. He went 0-for-6 against Doosan Gwangju on April 18. He went 1-for-9 in a three-game series against the NC Dinos last weekend. He was even left out of the starting lineup for the game on the 19th.

Na Sung-beom snapped out of his slump after returning from injury.

Kim Do-young has also overcome his intestinal infection and is doing his part in the batting order. The team was expected to finally have a complete batting lineup. However, Socrates hasn’t been able to get out of his slump. He hasn’t been able to mobilize his powerful batting lineup.

This year, he is 2-for-6 with eight doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBIs, and a .735 OPS. His OPS ranks last among outfielders in the 10 clubs. It is far behind the first-place Hanwha Peraza (1.031). Doosan Ramos and Socrates are the only other two outfielders with an OPS over 0.900. Ramos, however, has an OPS of 0.841.

Kia re-signed Socrates after last year’s season. The team also considered replacing him with a foreign hitter, but his two-year track record could not be ignored. In 2022, he hit .848 with 17 home runs, 77 RBIs, and an OPS of .848, and in 2023, he hit .807 with 20 home runs, 96 RBIs, and an OPS of .807. He also played in the KBO for two years, so he was fully acclimated to Korean pitching.

Lee also had a special order in spring training.

He wanted him to swing harder and not focus on contact, given his walk rate. He believed that developing long balls would increase the power of the batting lineup, but his offensive numbers in his third year ranked last among outfielders. If Socrates can do what he did last year, the Kia batting lineup will be explosive. It is no exaggeration to say that he holds the absolute key to the championship.

It’s too early to start thinking about replacing them. It’s hard for a substitute hitter to succeed. He has shown enough ability in the past, so it’s a temporary slump. On the 19th, Lee Bum-ho benched Socrates and said, “If you hit well in front of the plate, 에볼루션 바카라사이트 you’re under pressure to hit well psychologically. He looks like he’s shrinking. If he clears his head for a day or so, he will definitely do well.” Socrates’ response is the only way for the KIA to gain momentum.

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