When professional baseball Samsung and KIA traded infielder Ryu Ji-hyeok (pictured) and catcher Kim Tae-gun on the 5th of last month, the focus was on KIA. It is because KIA, which is in the midst of a fight in the top 5, reinforced the catcher, which was a weakness. Samsung was also able to supplement the loose infield defense with Ryu Ji-hyeok’s blood transfusion, but there were many evaluations that Samsung was a ‘lower business’.
Now, after 40 days, Ryu Ji-hyeok’s name has started to be heard more and more than Kim Tae-goon. In particular, after Ryu Ji-hyeok’s joining, Samsung succeeded in getting out of last place. Before the trade, Samsung was at the bottom with a win rate of 28-46 and 0.378. On the other hand, after Ryu Ji-hyuk joined, Samsung made the win-loss margin positive with 14 wins, 1 draw and 12 losses, and an odds ratio of 0.538 until the 15th. The ranking also rose one notch to 9th.
Ryu Ji-hyeok’s individual grades are also good. Ryu Ji-hyeok, who played 66 games for KIA before transferring and recorded a batting average of 0.268 (59 hits in 220 bats), surpassed the 30% batting average with a batting average of 0.303 (30 hits in 99 bats) in 27 games after the transfer. His RBI production also increased significantly at Samsung. Even though he played less than half of the games for Samsung, he is recording 18 RBIs, exceeding the 17 RBIs he posted at KIA. Ryu Ji-hyeok, who was somewhat sluggish right after the transfer, is making a big success with a batting average of 0.463 (19 hits in 41 bats), 1 home run, 11 RBIs and 5 stolen bases only in August.
Looking at only after Ryu Ji-hyuk’s transfer, Samsung’s batting average is 0.298 (285 hits in 955 at-bats), ranking first among all 10 teams. It is because the bullpen is weak, but if the mound was good, it would have been possible to win in the 60% range.안전놀이터
In the 6th inning against Daegu LG on the 15th, Ryu Ji-hyeok hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs in a 2-2 tie with the bases loaded. As Samsung won 6-5, Ryu Ji-hyeok’s timely hit became the final blow.
Ryu Ji-hyeok’s value shines not only in offense but also in defense. Ryu Ji-hyeok, who can play all positions in the infield, started as a second baseman in the game on the 15th, and then played as a third baseman in the second half of the game. Thanks to Ryu Ji-hyeok, who shows his defensive power no matter where he is placed in the infield, coach Park Jin-man can further expand his use of players.
Since 1982, the first year of professional baseball, Samsung has never ranked at the bottom. Even last July, the first place in the founding was strong, but in August, the possibility is lowered little by little as it rises. Attention is focusing on whether Ryu Ji-hyeok, who is known as ‘the lucky man who rolled into the vine’, will become the vanguard of Samsung’s last place.