I’m not envious of Lee Jung-hoo in Chance… How Lotte Forgot Lee Dae-ho


Who was the hitter with the highest batting average among the 52 hitters who filled the required at-bat last year? It was Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom) who won the regular season MVP. Last year, Lee Jung-hoo recorded a batting average of .349, 23 home runs, and 113 RBIs, and among them, he showed great concentration by exploding a batting average of .387 (53 hits in 137 bats), 8 home runs, and 86 RBIs in scoring position.스포츠토토

Lotte also has a hitter who turns into a monster whenever a scoring situation arises. Jack Rex, who wore a Lotte uniform as a substitute foreign hitter for DJ Peters last season, showed a quick adaptation to the KBO league with a batting average of .330, 8 homers, and 34 RBIs. He showed an impressive blow that exploded the RBI.

Although the sample is small compared to Lee Jung-hoo’s at-bats, his clutch ability in scoring position was enough to completely fascinate Lotte. Rex’s .449 batting average in scoring position ranks first in the league for hitters who have played 50 or more at-bats in scoring position.

Lotte, of course, classified Rex as a contract renewal target, and their accompaniment was confirmed as they signed for a total of $1.3 million.

This year, Lotte has no choice but to increase the proportion of Rex in other lines. It is because ‘Legend’ Dae-ho Lee retired after last season, leaving a big hole in the center of the batting line. Lee Dae-ho left Sajik Stadium with a batting average of .331, 23 homers and 101 RBIs in his retirement season. Right now, Lotte has the task of filling Lee Dae-ho’s vacancy, but it is not easy to fill it at once. If Rex, the ‘scoring monster’, takes the lead in a situation where the unity of many players is required, Lotte’s batting line can have more destructive power than expected. This is the best way for Lotte to forget Lee Dae-ho.

Finally, on the 22nd, Rex fired a home run in an exchange match with the 2nd Chiba Lotte Group, announcing a refreshing start to the actual battle. The result was 1 hit, 1 RBI and 1 run in 3 at-bats. Rex expressed satisfaction, saying, “It was my first real game, so I wanted to show a good performance in the at-bat. The plan to hit as many balls as possible was executed well.”

At the time, Lotte coach Larry Sutton also commented after the game, “The hitters continued to create scoring chances, which is our main focus, and scored without missing opportunities,” which shows that Lotte is focusing on creating scoring opportunities and productivity. let it be Now that Lee Dae-ho’s ‘oriental medicine’ has disappeared, the team’s batting line should move even a little more organically. Fortunately, Rex, who is strong in scoring, is in Lotte’s lineup. If only ‘table setting’ is done smoothly, Lotte’s scoring ability can be sufficiently competitive.

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