This is bad news. The genius batsman left due to injury. However, KT Wiz showed enough strength even without him.
Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz) participated in the Blue and White match held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 26th. However, he felt pain in his right side while batting during his first at-bat in the second inning.
Kang Baek-ho went to the hospital and underwent tests. The results were not good. At the time, a KT official said, “As a result of a hospital MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examination, he was diagnosed with damage to the right internal oblique muscle. Normally, it is expected to take about 3 weeks to recover.”
In fact, it is out for the season. Kang Baek-ho’s name was not included in the playoff entries announced on the 29th. Even if KT advances to the Korean Series, it appears that it will take some more time for Kang Baek-ho to return.
Kang Baek-ho was expunged from the first team entry three times this season. Because of his injury and the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, he was not able to see much of the first-team action. His performance this season is 63 hits, 8 home runs, 39 RBIs, 32 runs, and a batting average of 0.265 and an OPS of 0.763 in 71 games. When he returned after physical and mental recovery in the middle of the season, his performance was 14 games, 10 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, batting average of 0.286, and OPS of 0.873.
Kang Baek-ho’s departure is a painful situation for KT. However, KT showed a strong performance even without Kang Baek-ho. As mentioned above, there were three times when Kang Baek-ho was unable to play. He was placed on the injured list from 9 June to 10 July and was expunged from the first team. At that time, KT recorded 13 wins and 11 losses. Kang Baek-ho, who returned later, played in the early part of the second half, but left his team once again to reorganize his mind and body. From 27 July to 4 September he was expunged from first-team entry. At this time, KT was advancing with great momentum. They achieved an amazing record of 22 wins and 8 losses.
Afterwards, Kang Baek-ho returned to the first team and performed well before joining the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team. He was expunged from the first team entry on September 22 and returned ahead of the final match on October 10. During the period when Kang Baek-ho and Park Young-hyun were wearing the Taegeuk flag, KT had a record of 7 wins and 7 losses.
KT is having a magical season. At the beginning of the season, key players left due to injuries and fell to last place, but thanks to the addition of William Cuevas and the return of injured players, the team finished the season in second place. This was not created by the efforts of just one player. It is a magic created by everyone coming together with one mind and one intention.
Meanwhile, KT will play the first round of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League postseason playoffs against NC Dinos at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 30th.메이저놀이터
KT’s starter is Cuevas. This season, he returned as a replacement foreign player for Bo Schulser and achieved good results with 12 wins in 18 games, 114 1/3 innings, 33 runs (33 earned), 26 walks, 100 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.60. He is the KBO league’s first ‘100% winning percentage’ winner. Against NC, he appeared in one game and allowed 2 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 4.
The NC starter is Eric Feddi. Peddie was hit on the forearm by a batted ball at the end of the season and focused on recovery. And in this match, he made his KBO League post-season debut. In 30 games this season, he recorded 20 wins, 6 losses, 180⅓ innings, 209 strikeouts, 46 runs (40 earned runs), and an ERA of 2.00. He is first in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average. Appearing in 3 games against KT, he recorded 1 win, 2 losses, 17 innings, 9 runs (5 earned), 19 hits (3 home runs), 4 walks, 23 strikeouts, and an average ERA of 2.65.