The Doosan Bears are the hottest team in the KBO these days. The Bears have extended their winning streak to 11 games, setting a new franchise record for the longest winning streak. The manager believes the team will only get stronger.
Doosan extended its winning streak to 11 games with an 8-5 victory over the Lotte Giants at Jamsil Stadium on April 25. The 11-game winning streak is the longest in the franchise’s history since its inception in 1982.
Doosan has maintained its hot streak and jumped from sixth place to third in the standings. They are now poised to challenge for the top spot. At the center of their rise is Doosan head coach Lee Seung-yeop, who is managing the team for the first time this year. His unorthodox leadership is paying off in his first year.바카라
The manager firmly believes that the team is capable of delivering stronger performances. The final key to the team is center fielder Kim Jae-hwan.
Lee named Kim Jae-hwan as one of the key players at his inauguration last October, and he continued to trust him during the season. However, his first half performance did not meet expectations, with a .240 batting average, seven home runs, 29 RBIs, and a .726 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 77 games.
“If Kim Jae-hwan, who was slugging in the first half of the year, can break out in the second half and Jose Rojas can continue his performance at the end of the first half, the team can definitely be stronger,” Lee said, adding, “If Kim Jae-hwan can hit good pitches in his opportunities, he will be an explosive center fielder.”
Kim Jae-hwan made his manager smile with a multi-hit outburst, including his first home run of the second half against Jamsil Lotte on May 25. Lee said, “He hit his first home run of the second half (on the 25th), and I hope he continues to have a good feeling. I hope he can show his old explosive power so that opponents won’t want to play against him,” Lee said.
“He has a lot more to prove and is a very talented player. The coaching staff should help him realize his full potential.”
On the mound, the focus was on left-handed prospect Choi Seung-yong. Choi returned to the bullpen at the end of the first half to give the bullpen a boost.
“There are a lot of right-handed pitchers who are strong against lefties these days, so I don’t think left-right balance is important. I’m not too worried about it, but there are times when lefties come out one after another. I’m happy that Choi Seung-yong came back as a middle reliever and pitched well, giving the bullpen a boost.”
Depending on his performance, Choi could be used in the clinching game. A steady performance is essential. “If Seung-yong Choi shows better pitches, he can be used in more important situations than he is now,” Lee said. If he continues to perform well, the middle pitching staff will be more solid.”