Doosan, which has advanced to the Korean Series (KS, 4 wins) for 6 consecutive years, and aims to win for 2 consecutive years, is on the edge of the cliff. This is because Doosan, driven by 2 wins and 3 losses, will have to dedicate the first unified championship of NC if they lose the 6th game of 2020 KS held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 24th.
What is essential for Doosan to catch the 6th game is the rebound of other ships. This is because Doosan hitters, who were ranked No. 1 in batting average (0.293) in the regular season, suffered a decline in physical strength and a sense of hitting plummeted as they played a series of postseason games. In the aftermath, Doosan lost 0-3 to the NC Dinos in the 4th game on the 21st. In the 5th game on the 23rd, I knelt 0-5.
It is the second time in history that he only scored no goals for two consecutive games in KS. The first record of dishonor was when Doosan lost the 4th and 5th games in 2007 against SK Wyverns to 0-4. Doosan faced a goalless score in the 4th and 5th games against the NC after 13 years. If Doosan is blocked by opponent starter Drew Luchinski in the 6th game on the 24th and only scoreless, it will achieve an unpleasant record for the first time in the history of KS for 3 consecutive games.
Not only that. Doosan couldn’t add points after scoring with Kim Jae-ho’s heavy hitter at the end of the 7th in the KS 3rd game against NC on the 20th. The 3rd game on the 20th was played by Doosan as the home team, won 7-6 and did not have 9 innings, so Doosan is scoring 19 consecutive innings from the 8th inning of the KS 3rd to the 9th in the 5th. In 1989, Binggrae (now Hanwha) met Haitai and scored only 22 consecutive innings. It is a scoreless record for a single season in the KS. The total number of consecutive innings free from KS is held by SK, which did not score in 23 innings from 2003 to 2007.
If Doosan does not score points from the 6th game to the 4th inning, the single season KS scoreless record will change. If no goals scored in the 1st to 5th innings, a new record will be set in disgrace.
Above all, the center hitter must live for the rebound of the blow. In particular, the resurrection of the fourth batter Kim Jae-hwan is desperate. Kim Jae-hwan played four times in all five KS games this year, hitting only one hit in 20 at-bats (0.050 batting average). This is the lowest batting average among the’players who have been selected as batters in four or more games in a single season’.
Kim Jae-hwan’s 2020 KS batting average was Han Dae-hwa (15 at-bats 1 hit, batting average 0.067) with LG 4 hitters in 1994, and Yoo Seung-an (14 at-bats, 1 hit, 0.071), who started 5 games with Binggrae 4 in 1989. It is lower than Samsung’s fourth hitter in 2012, Park Seok-min (1 hit in 12 at-bats, 0.083) and Samsung’s fourth hitter in 2015, Choi Hyeong-woo (2 hits in 21 at-bats, batting average of 0.095). Even in order for Kim Jae-hwan to escape the dishonorable record, he must show the aspect of the solution.
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