Light at the end of the tunnel, but a 40-hit, no-hit streak stretches on, is it best to wait?
The Hanwha Eagles, who had lost three straight games (one tie), scored nine runs against the KIA Tigers on March 23. The slumping batting lineup pounded out 10 hits in six at-bats on four pitches, leading to a 9-5 victory. Neither a losing streak nor a winning streak can end. The offense is unstable and unpredictable.
All things being equal, they won comfortably. After scoring just one run in three games against the LG Twins last weekend, the offense that had scored 12 runs in its last seven games suddenly broke out.
In the first inning, they quickly scored six runs off KIA starter Shawn Anderson. In the fourth, the center field lineup of Chae Eun-sung and Kim In-hwan came through, and in the fifth, Jang Jin-hyuk, Moon Hyun-bin, and Lee Do-yoon from the seventh through ninth innings took the pressure off starter Ricardo Sanchez. It was their highest-scoring game since scoring 10 runs against the Doosan Bears on May 4.메이저놀이터
Despite the big win to end the losing streak, Noh’s struggles continued. He started at third base and went hitless in three at-bats. His two walks were the most notable.
After hitting a double to right-center in the sixth inning against the SSG Landers on May 13, he went hitless in eight consecutive games. In that span, he has 34 hits in 40 at-bats with no walks and six strikeouts.
Coincidentally, his batting fell off a cliff 12 days after Choi Won-ho took over as manager. After hitting four home runs in three games from May 10-12, he suddenly went cold.
In the meantime, the batting order went up and down 2.3.4. It was a move to better utilize key hitters, but it was confusing. The coaching staff’s intention was to encourage the slump. While the coaching staff may be the most frustrated with Noh’s slump, it’s hard to avoid blame.
At the beginning of the season, the Hanwha batting lineup only looked to Noh and Chae Eun-sung. With other batters struggling, the pressure was on the two players. Noh was hitting well in the exhibition games, but suddenly his batting pace dropped. His batting average, which was in the mid-3s, dropped to the 2.8s.
It was a predictable plateau. Even the best hitters don’t stay in top form for an entire season.
There are ups and downs in the hitting cycle, and the best hitters minimize their slumps. If you’re Noh, you’re going to rebound. It’s just a matter of when.
The coaching staff, including Choi Won-ho, has the attitude that “if you leave it alone, it will come up.” The players themselves
Sometimes, the coaching staff’s statements sound helpless and irresponsible. This is especially true given the timing of Noh’s appointment and his poor performance.