As soon as the KIA line started the 2023 season, it faced the biggest crisis. There is a possibility that the so-called ‘Plan B’ lineup will continue for up to two months. A KIA official said on the 5th, “Na Seong-beom was found to be on a 4-week break at the hospital.” It is possible to miss 4 to 8 weeks.
If you think conservatively, it means that you have to build a center batting line without Na Seong-beom by May. Already on the 2nd, Kim Do-young injured his metatarsal bone while digging into the home of the Incheon SSG match and ended up on the operating table. Rehabilitation for 12-16 weeks. out in the first half. As a result, the two most important hitters in the top line of KIA disappeared at once.
In the KBO League ranking battle, April and May are the most important. At this time, most of the teams that occupied the top ranks go to the postseason. There are not that many cases where a team that slumped in the beginning rebounded sharply at the end of the season and wrote a reversal drama. However, the KIA has to build a batting line without Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young until May.
Kim Do-young’s replacement is Ryu Ji-hyeok. If Hyung-woo Choi plays left fielder, Woo-hyeok Byun and Dae-in Hwang can coexist as first baseman and designated hitter. Here, Na Seong-beom’s vacant place should be filled by Lee Chang-jin, Lee Woo-seong, Ko Jong-wook, and Kim Ho-ryeong alternately.
Hyung-Woo Choi’s left fielder portion can be slightly higher, and Lee Chang-Jin and Lee Woo-Sung’s use of right field is expected to widen. If the lineup focuses on defense, Kim Ho-ryeong can play in center field and Socrates Brito can play in right field. By operating various combinations, the gap between Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young can be minimized. However, it is impossible to completely fill the void left-handed hitter and high-shilling large infielder prospect in the KBO League. 먹튀검증
In fact, the KIA lineup is waiting for a plus factor in the middle of the season. Choi Won-jun, who is discharged from Sangmu on June 12, is the main character. However, from a conservative point of view, there is no guarantee that Choi Won-joon will adapt to the first team immediately after returning. He’s not coming back right away, and he has to hold out with the current power until May anyway.
Director Kim Jong-kook’s choice of Plan B became important. In addition, it is also important to prepare for a decline in offensive productivity by exerting more strength in defense and mound. Fortunately, this year’s KIA fielder and pitcher are evaluated to have improved their depth through the spring camp. The left-handed pitching staff has been enriched, and the infield has also become thicker. It’s an environment where you can play protective baseball. Fortunately, there are no injuries on the mound.
It seems that KIA will have difficulty building other lines for the next two months. But as always with pennants, anything can happen. It is time to show the strength of baseball and depth that we prepared all winter last winter. There is no law to die.