“He is a player who has been through a difficult period. I think he will overcome it well.”
Choi Hyeong-woo played well in the first half. He played a central role in the team’s batting line when key hitters Na Seong-beom left due to injury, and he recorded 78 hits, 11 homers, 46 RBIs, 40 runs batting average of 0.294 OPS and 0.886.안전놀이터
He also set many records in the first half. Choi Hyung-woo achieved 2200 hits for the 5th time in history and built the first 1500 RBI monument in the KBO League. He left a bold record, including the 7th 1200 points ever.
However, as he entered the second half, his sense of hitting declined. He is in a situation where there may be physical ups and downs due to the hot weather. Choi Hyung-woo recorded 9 hits, 1 home run, 10 RBIs, 7 points, 6 walks, 11 strikeouts, and a batting average of 0.191 OPS of 0.554 in the second half. In particular, he marked 3 hits, 5 RBIs, 4 runs, a batting average of 0.130 OPS and 0.323 in 5 games in August.
It’s a situation where the feeling of hitting has fallen, but Choi Hyung-woo is still Choi Hyung-woo. He is showing strong form in scoring situations. This season, he is showing a strong appearance in scoring range with 29 hits, 4 homers, 44 RBIs, 36 runs, a batting average of 0.341, and an OPS of 0.947.
Even in August, the strong appearance in the scoring situation remains the same. He went 3-for-10 with 5 RBI in 12 plate appearances for a .300 OPS of .633. All three of his hits were singles, but enough to bring home runners.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk thought Choi Hyeong-woo would regain his good form. He’s an experienced veteran, so I saw he could get through it. He said, “(Choi Hyung-woo) played a lot in a row. He played too many times from the first half,” ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League LG Twins game held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 8th. C. I think I will overcome this period well.”
KIA is in good shape in the second half. 8 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. It is 6th, 2.5 games behind 3rd place NC Dinos. The difference between the 5th place Doosan Bears is 1.5 games.
In the second half of the uptrend, hitters played a big role. KIA is running second in both categories with a team batting average of 0.292 and a team OPS of 0.815 in the second half. 1st place is the Samsung Lions (batting average 0.324, OPS 0.815).
KIA’s batting line is hot. If Hyung-Woo Choi comes back to life, he will be able to gain more momentum to advance to the postseason.