Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh), who made his major league debut last year, is cruising by making his first major league opening roster entry this year. Although he is small, he has a fighting spirit, and Pittsburgh fans are not sparing much applause for his passionate appearance.
On the 18th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan showed off his baseball skills by starting in a game against Colorado held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. He didn’t have a long hit, but he showed strength with his quick feet, maneuvering, and stealing ability. Bae Ji-hwan’s baseball is leaving a strong impression in the major leagues as well.
Although there was only one hit on the day, Bae Ji-hwan scored 3 runs and contributed to the team’s 14-3 victory. In the third inning, leading 2-0, he contributed to a runner on third base with a surprise bunt aimed between the pitcher and first baseman on first and third base. Colorado starter Freeland caught it well and threw it home, but the third base runner’s home-in came first. Although he was not recorded as a hit, it was also Bae Ji-hwan’s practical RBI in that he gave up 1 run without an out count.안전놀이터
Bae Ji-hwan succeeded in stealing third base in the following situation, which was also the fifth base steal of the season. In the double steal situation, the second base runner’s movement was very important, but Bae Ji-hwan froze the Colorado battery with a perfect start.
The formula that Bae Ji-hwan’s goal was a pleasant victory for Pittsburgh also continued. From his debut last year to the 18th, Bae Ji-hwan scored in a total of 11 games. He had three more than two games this season, and three points on the 18th was a season high.
However, Pittsburgh was excited by recording a whopping 10 wins and 1 loss in these 11 games. Bae Ji-hwan’s score and Pittsburgh’s win rate show a very high correlation. The win rate is close to 91%. In the game against Houston on the 12th, he led the team to victory with an RBI and a goal.
It is this season that the importance of baseball, which runs with the physical expansion of the pitch clock and base, has increased. Bae Ji-hwan is a player who can add great strength to Pittsburgh in this trend. It means that he is a player who cannot be judged solely by his season batting average of 0.220 and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.658. At this rate, a full-time major league season, which the player himself did not expect too much, is possible.