A revitalized Kim Ha-seong and a slumping Bae Ji-hwan clash in ‘Korean League’s first meeting’
Korean major leaguers Kim Ha-seong (27, San Diego) and Bae Ji-hwan (23, Pittsburgh) will face off in their first matchup of the season.
San Diego and Pittsburgh will play a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 28-30 (ET). This is the first meeting of the season for both teams온라인바카라.
Both teams are currently mired in two-game losing streaks. The first game of the three-game series is expected to be a fierce battle to rebound.
There is also a lot of interest in the first matchup of the season between Kim Ha-seong and Bae Ji-hwan. This season, Kim is second on the team in stolen bases (13) and Bae is first (20).
Recently, “big brother” Kim has found a new aptitude. In the four games he has started in the leadoff spot, he has hit three home runs (against San Francisco on the 23rd and against Washington on the 24th and 26th), showing off his ‘big bat instincts’.
His eight home runs this season are tied for fourth on the team with Xander Bogaerts. He’s also a key contributor with 26 RBI, tied for fifth on the team. San Diego manager Bob Melvin has a lot of faith in Kim, calling him the “engine” of the team.
Meanwhile, the younger brother, Bae Ji-hwan, has been silent. He hasn’t had a hit in seven games since his last at-bat against Milwaukee on April 19. His batting average has dropped from 2-for-7 to 2-for-4, and his on-base percentage has dropped to 0.304. He hasn’t been able to capitalize on his quick feet and has stolen just 20 bases.
Two Korean League players with opposite moods meet for the first time this season. It will be interesting to see which one will be able to pull his team out of a two-game losing streak.