Hanwha has no No. 4 hitter these days, batting average 0.291 in the first half to 0.220 in the second half, and a tired Chae Eun-sung slump deepens

September 18, 2023 | by

Game 2 of the doubleheader against the KT Wiz at Daejeon Baseball Stadium on April 17. Down 0-3, the Hanwha Eagles had a chance to fight back in the bottom of the third inning. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases against Wiz starter Wes Benjamin, whose pitches were suddenly shaky. Nick Williams, the No. 2 foreign hitter, hit an infield single to center field to bring in the first run of the game. One hit was all it took to turn the tide.

With one out, No. 3 Noh Si-hwan struck out and No. 4 Chae Eun-sung grounded out to shortstop.

Down 1-3 in the fifth inning. With runners on first and third, they lined a single to center field. This time, they came up empty. Noh Si-hwan fouled out to first, Chae Eun-sung grounded to the third baseman.

Hanwha dropped the first game of the doubleheader 0-7 and the second game 1-3. Even with their foreign “one-two punch” starting pitching, they were too lethargic. After winning six games in a row, they lost four in a row.

If you look at Hanwha’s games these days, the center of the batting order seems to be empty. Chae Eun-sung (33), who used to lead the team’s offense alongside Roh Si-hwan, has lost her presence. The second game of the doubleheader was a stark reminder of Chae’s recent struggles.

In his last 10 games, he’s 7-for-36 with a 1-for-9 batting average, one home run, and six RBIs. Two hits during a four-game losing streak. A lethargic No. 4 hitter who should be putting pressure on opposing pitchers.

In 74 games in the first half, he batted .289 (84-for-289) with 11 homers, 47 RBIs and an OPS of .820. Along with Noh, he formed a strong center field lineup.

Chae went to the All-Star Game, led the home run race, and won the MVP award.

Coincidentally, she went on a downward spiral after the All-Star break. Over the next 42 games, she went 2-for-35 (159-for-159) with six home runs, 23 RBIs, and a .671 OPS.It wasn’t a sophomore slump, but a deepening of her struggles down the stretch. He went 2-for-3 in July, 2-for-2 in August, and 2-for-2 in September.

The No. 4 hitter is missing. 메이저놀이터

With runners in scoring position, he went 3-for-3 in the first half (27-for-81), but only 2-for-6 in the second half (10-for-38).

For the season, he is now 2-for-6 (119-for-448).

Played in 116 of the team’s 122 games this season. Bad hamstring. It was hard to get enough recovery time. It’s hard to play while managing your fitness. It’s a lot of responsibility.

In November of last year, Hanwha signed Chae Eun-sung as a free agent for six years and 9 billion won. His offensive ability, experience, and leadership


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