KT Wiz is running 1st in win rate in the second half. By the 7th, in 15 games in the second half, 12 wins and 3 losses, the win rate reached a whopping 80%. Recently, while the team’s greatest strength, ‘starter baseball’, is being maximized, hitters who should play a pivotal role such as Hwang Jae-gyun and Bae Jeong-dae have improved their scoring power significantly as they have increased their batting pace. In the second half, the team ranked 4th in batting average (0.280), 3rd in team runs (77 points), 1st in team home runs (11), and 4th in team OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) (0.756).
Using this as a stepping stone, he raised his ranking. Even though it fell to the bottom at the beginning of the season, it rose to 4th place behind the 3rd place NC Dinos only in win rate. The win-loss margin is +5 (49 wins, 2 draws, 44 losses).
The league schedule is not too bad with the air-defense balance improved further. Looking at the remaining game schedule in the hot August, KT has only two long-distance expeditions, Daejeon and Sajik. There are many home games and most of the away games are held in the metropolitan area, so the burden of travel is relatively low. There are optimal conditions for continuing the upward trend.
The problem is the opposing team. A schedule to meet with awkward opponents awaits. On the 8th and 10th, we will play 3 home matches against Hanwha. From the 18th to the 20th, we will play three consecutive away matches with Hanwha again, and from the 22nd to the 24th, we will play a home game against the KIA Tigers for three days. For KT, the results of 9 games meeting Hanwha and KIA this month are important. There is a reason.메이저놀이터
KT maintains a win rate of more than 50% against the remaining 7 teams excluding Hanwha and KIA in the team record this season. 1st place LG Twins 5 wins 5 losses, 2nd place SSG Landers 8 wins 4 losses. However, it was particularly weak against KIA and Hanwha. Against Hanwha, they only recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses in 6 matches. The win rate is 0.200. I couldn’t put more effort into KIA. 1 win and 6 losses in 7 games (0.143 win rate). In early July, in a 3-game series against KIA at home, he suffered a sweep loss. Unfortunately, KT has many games to play against Hanwha and KIA in the remaining schedule of the pennant race.
The KT team, including coach Lee Kang-cheol, is well aware of this fact. Last year, KT was weak against Hanwha in the first half, but won many victories in the second half, finishing with 8 wins and 8 losses. Against KIA, it was strong with 10 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. I wonder if KT will be able to make progress in the second half of this season by achieving more than a winning series against Hanwha and KIA, which were difficult in the first half of this season.