“I guess you could say I’m liberated…”
Han Yoo-seom (SSG Landers) is batting .234 OPS with 59 hits, five home runs, 33 RBI, 21 runs scored and a .645 slugging percentage in 84 games this season. He struggled mightily in the first half of the season, hitting .185 OPS with a .531 slugging percentage, but rebounded in the second half to hit .368 OPS with a .956 slugging percentage.
His good hitting continued in a three-game series against the KT Wiz from Aug. 8-10 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. He went 8-for-13 with one home run, one RBI, three runs scored, and a .615 OPS of 1.307. He was the best hitting player in the three-game series.
After the 10th game, Han said, “My personal results were good in this three-game series. There were a lot of lucky pitches,” he said, adding, “In fact, it’s baseball that even if you hit it well, it goes straight, and even if it misses, it has a good course and becomes a hit.”
Hanyusum said she had a bad first half, but that putting her mind at ease and stepping up to the plate led to good results.
“In the beginning, I had a lot of trouble mentally, thinking that I wasn’t helping the team and that my personal performance was too shabby,” she said. “I just thought, ‘I don’t know, don’t think about the result, just fight with the pitcher,’ and when I went to the plate, I felt like I was getting good hits one by one. Looking back on this week, I think I felt good at the plate.”
“I don’t have a lot of time in the batting cage before the game, so I try to hit with a lot of focus. I trust what I’ve been practicing. I don’t think about much when I’m playing,” he said, adding, “I feel like I can do my swing because I’m not being chased, so I think the results are good.”안전놀이터
Despite Han’s rebound in the second half, things are not looking good for SSG. In the second half of the year, the team has 16 wins, one draw and 22 losses for a winning percentage of 0.421. That’s eighth place in the second half. In the end, they fell from second to fifth place. However, they pulled off a dramatic comeback against KT on Tuesday, thanks to Park Sung-ho’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Han Yusum believed the game could be a turning point.
He said, “I think the players are very sensitive because the team’s ranking is dropping and the results are not going well. But I’m sure they know what’s wrong and what to do in this situation. It’s important to believe in each other right now,” he said. “There are still games left, so this game could be a turning point. In baseball, you never know. I think we can climb back up if we do the best we can in our respective positions.”