“Trade? I don’t know right now…” Despite Kim Ha-seong’s struggles, SD is in danger of falling to the bottom, the general manager believes in the players
The sluggish performance of the San Diego Padres in May is not unusual. All-weather infielder Kim Ha-seong (28) is fighting hard in the air and defense, but it is not enough to save the team that is in danger of falling to the bottom.스포츠토토
Kim Ha-seong is struggling with a batting average of 2.8 (14 hits in 50 at-bats), 2 home runs, 9 RBIs, and an OPS of .802 in 15 games in May. He is leading the batting line, ranking second in both batting average and OPS in May, following Juan Soto (batting average of .322, OPS of 1.037) among batters who are required to bat.
Fernando Tatis Jr., who was lifted from the ban on drugs, is also looking for a sense, but the sluggishness of the rest of the hitters is serious. Key hitters such as Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth, Nelson Cruz, and Trent Grisham have been sluggish for two months since the opening. Xander Bogatz, who led the batting lineup in April, also showed a sharp decline in May.
The team’s batting average (.225) is the lowest among all 30 clubs. Even though he is 18th in home runs (47), his OPS is only 23rd (.694). His batting average in scoring position (.194) is unrivaled, less than 20%, and batters shrink at every chance.
In March and April, he recorded a win rate of more than 50% with 15 wins and 14 losses, but in May, he is on the decline with 5 wins and 11 losses, including three consecutive losses. The season record was 20-25, with a win rate of 50% down to -5. Although it was considered a strong candidate for the championship before the season, it is losing face in fourth place in the National League West Division. Even the 5th ranked Colorado Rockies (19-26) are being chased by one game, so they have to worry about falling to the bottom.
The American ‘The Athletic’ said on the 20th, ‘San Diego is the most disappointing team in the league. They lost 1-6 to the Boston Red Sox in front of a packed crowd at home for the 15th time of the season. 2 wins and 10 losses in the last 12 matches. It’s been a quarter of the season, and the Padres’ season hasn’t started yet. About $249 million talent has gathered, but it is a miserable situation,’ he said, ‘no team has ever finished a season with a batting average of 200 or less in the scoring zone,’ pointing out a serious lack of decisiveness in the scoring zone.
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In San Diego, where the instep was taken by the bat they trusted, a turnaround is needed. Since San Diego is led by general manager AJ Preller, who is active in trade, attention is also focused on refreshing the atmosphere through a change in player composition. However, as the July trade deadline is more than two months away, drastic changes are unlikely for the time being.
According to The Athletic, general manager Preller said, “We are constantly evaluating while looking at the big picture. He will make an effort to continue improving the team as he goes through the season,” he said. “Right now, not many teams are willing to trade. The most important thing right now is for our players to focus on finding their former selves or showing their skills. We played 40 games, but our faith in the talent of our players has not wavered at all. This is a talented team that could play for a long time in October. Obviously, I haven’t played well in the past few weeks, but I think it’s a process of finding out how to get better. I hope to see it get better in the future.”
General Manager Preller, who said that the level of trust in manager Bob Melvin is still high, said, “Our batting is not well matched, but everyone is responsible, not just one person. It’s easy to say it’s a hitting coach problem, but it’s not. We have good coaches and players, but they are not yet at the level we need. I will do everything I can to change that,” he said, emphasizing that he is making efforts to rebound in the batting part.