“I made a mistake that I couldn’t commit against a top-tier opponent in defense and running.”
As May began, MLB.com published an article looking back at the month of April. When asked about the most surprising team among club executives in the major leagues, many answered the Pittsburgh Pirates. In recent years, it has been rebuilding mainly with young players, and it has been in the lower ranks of the Central Division of the National League.
When Pittsburgh re-recruited veteran Andrew McCutchen this year, they added retooling, such as rebuilding the pillars. The acquisition of left-handed first baseman Choi Ji-man through a trade is similar in context. Still, the foundation is young players, and Bae Ji-hwan, who runs second in steals in the National League with 14 bases, proudly boasts one axis.
However, Pittsburgh fell into a seven-game losing streak in May. It is evaluated that the ‘no face’ of power was revealed by meeting high-level teams in the Eastern Division of the American League, such as the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. Most executives still didn’t see Pittsburgh’s ability to stay at the top of the National League. This means that in the long-term race of 162 races, players are bound to line up in the order of their abilities.
In the process, Bae Ji-hwan also received criticism from the local media for excessive running. On the 6th (Korean time), the attempt to steal third base in the first inning against Toronto was typical. It is pointed out that he had already succeeded in stealing second base, and Brian Reynolds, the star at the plate, was trying to steal third base. It is a part that needs to be engraved on the badge ring.
MLB.com also said on the 8th, “The Pittsburgh lineup scored two runs or less during the seven-game losing streak, and the offense cooled down to a batting average of 0.184. The starting lineup has an average ERA of 8.13 during the 7-game losing streak. Yohan Oviedo has recorded 13 earned runs in his last two games. He made mistakes that shouldn’t be made against top-ranked opponents in defense and running.”
There are many injured. Due to Choi Ji-man’s Achilles tendon injury, she has been placed on the 60-day injured list without actually being able to properly line up. Vince Velazquez was also placed on the disabled list on the 15th with a recent elbow injury. MLB.com said, “The surge in injuries is not helping Pittsburgh.” 안전놀이터
He added, “As a bit of positive news, Bae Ji-hwan and McCutchen treated their left ankles and waited on the bench to play. According to general manager Ben Charrington, Bae Ji-hwan has no restrictions on appearances, but McCutchen’s condition is still unclear.”
Pittsburgh still leads the National League Central Division with 20 wins and 15 losses. However, the second-place Milwaukee Brewers are allowed to pursue by 0.5 games. It’s time for Bae Ji-hwan to start planting again.