5th place, 1.5 games behind NC-SSG Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop “Kim Jae-hwan needs to hit”
Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop singled out outfielder Kim Jae-hwan (35) as a “key player” in the fierce battle for third place.”Our pitching has brought us to this point (fifth place),” Lee said ahead of the game against the NC Dinos at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday, “but now the hitters have to do it. We can only win if we hit,” Lee said.Doosan ranks fourth out of 10 teams in team ERA (3.96) this season, but is ninth in team batting average (0.256).
“I think the batting lineup will be more active if Kim Jae-hwan hits,” Lee said, adding, “We have the expectation that one can come at any time because he has a long bat.”Kim, who was the 2018 Jamsil Home Run King, has been in a downward spiral since then, batting .233 with 46 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 10 home runs in 130 games this season.
“I don’t think there’s any other alternative because the substitutes aren’t coming through,” Lee said, adding, “He (Kim Jae-hwan) has to do it now. As long as he’s a right-handed pitcher, he’ll continue to go out there (as a starter).”Meanwhile, starting pitcher Raul Alcantara, who has been suffering from a back sprain, is scheduled to take catching practice on the 13th and pitch against SSG on the 16th.
Doosan (5th place) is currently in a tight race for the top spot, trailing the NC Dinos and SSG Landers (tied for 3rd place) by 1.5 games.With six games left in the regular season, today’s game against NC and the games against SSG on the 16th and 17th are 안전놀이터 must-win games for Doosan.