No more delay.
The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) has made a drastic change. On the 29th, the team removed five players from its roster, including outfielder Sean Anderson, Jung Hae-young, Kim Dae-yu, Hwang Dae-in, and Yoon Do-hyun. This is the largest number of roster moves KIA has made in a single day this season.
The word that defines KIA’s first team is ‘built-in’. The team is known for rarely making roster changes. Including the 29 dismissals, KIA has made only nine roster changes in total. This compares to Kiwoom, KT (over 32), and NC (31), who have made over 30.
In April, KIA’s only roster changes were the inevitable ones that come with starting pitching, injury departures and returns. Even when they dropped to the bottom 10 at one point, KIA manager Kim Jong-kook remained steadfast. For better or worse, he had a lot of faith in his starters, but in other words, he was reluctant to make changes. It also means that the depth of the squad is very shallow.
In May, we saw a change. The weakest position was catcher. On the 14th, the team replaced Joo Hyo-sang, who was in an endless slump, with Shin Bum-soo. Joo had a disastrous batting average of .063 (2-for-32) in 19 games (11 starts).
The team then went back to conservative management. But then came the slump that forced even the mighty KIA to make a move. The series against Hanwha began. Sensing a crisis, KIA rested Kim Ki-hoon, who was struggling with his pitching, and Jeon Sang-hyun, who was suffering from shoulder discomfort, and raised Kim Yoo-shin and Park Joon-pyo to prepare for the game against LG.
However, the league leaders proved to be a tough opponent, and KIA was unable to prevent the collapse of its 5 percent winning percentage with a second consecutive losing series. This led to a massive five-man purge.
And for good reason. Anderson lost his early ace form and collapsed to three losses and a 7.71 ERA in four games in May. Park Dong-won’s backup, Kim Dae-yu, has a 6.92 ERA. Closer Jung Hae-young has also seen his velocity decline. Hwang Dae-in is batting in the low double digits with three home runs. It’s no wonder he was given time to regroup early on.토토사이트
The warning lights are on for the middle of the pack. Samsung and Kiwoom are sagging, and Kia is hanging on for dear life. They must defend their position until the arrival of Choi Won-jun (military discharge), Na Sung-beom, and Kim Do-young (returning from injury), who will take turns starting in mid-June. The fate of the first half of the season will depend on the outcome of the changes that have been postponed.