Ball count fights are the basics of pitchers and batters. This is because the result can vary greatly depending on whether the count is favorable or unfavorable. The basics of baseball are to preoccupy an advantageous count and attack an opponent who is cornered.
In fact, you can feel this by looking at the results of each ball count in the major leagues this year until the 18th (Korean time). In 1B-1S, the fate of the pitcher and the batter differs greatly depending on whether the 3 pitches become a strike or a ball. If the batter picks the ball and becomes 2B-1S, the league hitting performance on this count is a batting average of 0.333 and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.891. However, when a strike comes in and becomes 1B-2S, the batting average at this count drops to 0.173 and the OPS to 0.441. It’s a one-ball game.
So, for players, one wrong decision serves as an opportunity to ruin the situation. Coincidentally, two Korean players, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) and Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh), cried at the referee’s ball decision with a time difference of three days. In a situation where a walk could be chosen or the count could be preempted, the ball hit the ground with a strike decision.
Kim Ha-seong, who played as the starting 7 second baseman in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 15th, became the victim of an unprecedented mistake in the 5th inning. In one at-bat, three misjudgments on the ball came pouring out in a pile. A misjudgment came out from the beginning of the at-bat. Referee Bill Miller caught the slider that fell outward on the second pitch from 1B with a strike. Dissatisfaction began to enter Haseong Kim’s expression.
The third pitch followed by a four-seam fastball also came in on the high side, but it was also judged as a strike. According to the Game Day analysis on the MLB.com official website, this ball was also out of the top of the zone. What could have been 3B turned into a very unfavorable count of 1B-2S.
Kim Ha-seong picked the ball and cut it persistently, playing the game on the 11th pitch, but the outer four-seam on the 11th pitch was judged to be a strike again and was struck out. According to Game Day analysis, it was a perfect ball with one ball out. Kim Ha-seong also tried to run to first base as if he was sure it was the ball. However, as the referee’s hand went up, he devastatedly struck out. Kim Ha-seong jumped up and showed dissatisfaction with his decision.
On the 18th, Bae Ji-hwan took over Ha-seong Kim’s resentment. Bae Ji-hwan played as the starting 7 center fielder in the away game against Detroit that day. The team’s attack broke out after a long time and won 8-0, and Bae Ji-hwan also contributed by harvesting one hit. However, in the 7th inning, at the chance to get 1st and 3rd base safely, I cried at the batsman who came repeatedly. The referee looked at John too highly.
In 2B-1S, the 4th cutter came in higher than the top of the zone. There was an absolute hitter count of 3B-1S. However, referee Nick Lentz’s strike call was heard. In the full count match that followed, the 6-ball decision made the referee’s ability doubtful. A ball higher than the 4-ball was caught as a strike. With a 7-0 lead, he had no intention of arguing with the referee, but Bae Ji-hwan could not leave the plate for a while, revealing his regret.
On this day, both teams were dissatisfied with the strike decision by referee Lenz. Detroit manager AJ Hinch, who had come out to stop the dispute between the players and the referee, was even ejected immediately after arguing. Overall, the outside of the right-handed hitter was very generous. The two left-handed starting pitchers (Rich Hill and Eduardo Rodriguez) were in the strike zone. However, there were almost no high-side comings. Only Bae Ji-hwan became the victim.메이저놀이터
Of course, it would be wrong to link this to discrimination against Koreans or Asians, but it is frustrating that both Kim Ha-seong and Bae Ji-hwan were misled at a time when they desperately needed a hit and an on-base. Kim Ha-seong is receiving a lot of attention for his fantastic defense and Bae Ji-hwan for his outstanding performance, but his offensive performance is not as good as expected. If you increase the attack power more, you will see something firm, but there are cases where the flow does not continue and is cut off.
Ha-seong Kim has a batting average of 0.235, 4 homers, 15 RBIs, 6 stolen bases and an OPS of 0.696 in 41 games. He’s slightly below league average OPS. Bae Ji-hwan had a batting average of 0.237, 2 homers, 11 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and an OPS of 0.609 in 40 games. He is not a player who is strong in long hits, and in the end he has to bet on his on-base percentage, but he did walk one. Also, both players have 2-3 errors in common in one at-bat. There is also a difference in mood from the nausea that comes out when batting results are good.