Samsung’s sluggish bat… Will it explode against its ‘natural enemy’ Hurado?

Samsung, which is on the verge of a 7-game losing streak, will play this game with utmost determination. However, he must surpass Kiwoom’s No. 1 starter, Hurado.

After a sweeping victory in the opening two-game series against KT, Samsung’s team atmosphere is somewhat depressed, recording 1 draw and 6 losses in 7 games. In particular, the bat did not explode. During the six-game losing streak, the team ranked last in the league with a batting average of 0.189 and OPS of 0.546. The scoring average was also low at 0.164, second only to Lotte (0.160).

Most of Samsung’s batters’ indicators were not good. Leading the way with Captain Koo Ja-wook (batting average 0.185), key hitters including Kang Min-ho (batting average 0.150), Oh Jae-il (batting average 0.120), and Kim Ji-chan (batting average 0.176) were very poor. To make matters worse, even the foreign hitter MacKinnon (batting average of 0.333), who was very active,
left the team due to maternity leave.

Samsung needs the bat’s performance more than ever. However, the Kiwoom selection that they have to deal with is not easy. Kiwoom announced Ace Jurado as the starter on the 4th.

Jurado has 2 losses and 2 losses in 2 games this season, with an ERA of 7.20. In his most recent appearance against LG on the 29th, he showed off his QS pitching by allowing 1 run (1 earned run) in 6 innings. Even though he was a losing pitcher, Jurado’s pitch was satisfactory.

To make matters worse, they were quite strong against Samsung last season. He had 3 games, 1 win, no losses, and an earned run average of 1.61. In Daegu, he recorded 2 games, 1 win, no losses, and an average ERA of 1.80.

Samsung’s main hitters, including Koo Ja-wook (batting average of 0.200) and Oh Jae-il (batting average of 0.000), struggled a lot against opponents even after last season. Fortunately, Ji-chan Kim did well with 2 hits in 6 at-bats and a batting average of 0.333, Hyun-jun Kim with 2 hits in 7 at-bats with a batting average of 0.286, and Min-ho Kang with 1 hit in 3 at-bats with a batting average of 0.333.

Samsung’s starting lineup is actually not good either. There was no QS once during the 6-game losing streak. Baek Jeong-hyun’s 5.2 innings was the most. In this situation, the role of the first starting corner is more important than ever.

Connor has 2 games, 1 loss, and an ERA of 4.91 this season. In his most recent appearance, against SSG on the 29th, he suffered a defeat by allowing 5 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings.

Kiwoom is currently on a 3-game winning streak and the team atmosphere has improved. During the winning streak, the team is ranked high with a batting average of 0.339 (1st place) and OPS of 0.967 (2nd place). Connor must overcome the Kiwoom batting lineup that is gaining momentum.

The number one target to watch out for is Kim Hye-seong. Hye-seong Kim hit hard with a batting average of 0.429 OPS 1.324 (on-base percentage 0.467 + slugging percentage 0.857) during her 3-game winning streak. He also played well in the game against Samsung the previous day, recording 3 hits and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats.

Lee Joo-hyung, who returned from injury, also showed his performance as a leadoff by recording 3 hits and 2 runs in 4 at-bats in the game against Samsung the previous day. In addition, Lee Hyeong-jong and Choi Joo-hwan played well, recording batting averages of 0.444 and 0.417 during the three-game winning streak.

Any further losing streak could be a huge blow to Samsung. We must break the chain of losing streak as soon as possible. Will Samsung be able to break its losing streak against Hurado?

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