‘Slow Starter’ again this year?… Only when Oh Jae-il wakes up can Samsung rebound

Samsung infielder Oh Jae-il’s start to the new season is not smooth. Ten days have passed since the opening of the regular season, but I still haven’t tasted it.

As of the 12th, Oh Jae-il is suffering from sluggishness with a batting average of 0.160 and 2 RBIs with 4 hits in 25 at bats in 8 games.

In the home game against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 11th, he started as the 5th hitter and 1st baseman and only had no hits in 4 at bats.

Oh Jae-il struggled throughout the game against SSG Oh Won-seok, who started as a starter that day. He took one out in the bottom of the second inning and led it to a full count game, but withdrew with a strikeout, and swallowed regret by striking out three pitches in the second at bat in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Even in the bottom of the 6th inning, when the two teams were tied 4-4, it did not help the team much. Oh Jae-il, who entered the bat from the first company바카라사이트, missed the bat on the 5th pitch slider in the ball count 1-2. Like his first at-bat, he was hit by Oh Won-seok’s slider this time too.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, the fourth at-bat, he touched Noh Kyung-eun’s first pitch, but the result was a ground ball to first base. In the end, Jae-il Oh’s final score that day was empty-handed with no hits in 4 at-bats. Following the game against the LG Twins on the 9th, the game ended with no hits for two consecutive games. The team lost 4-5 and fell into a 5-game losing streak.

In fact, Jae-il Oh had a strong image of a ‘slow starter’ since his days at Doosan.

In April 2017, when he had his second full-time season at Doosan, he was sluggish with 15 hits in 77 at-bats in 25 games, a batting average of 0.195, 1 home run and 11 RBIs. Oh Jae-il, who had been like that, revived from June and finished the season with a batting average of more than 30% that year.

The following year and 2019, it was the same that the ‘start’ was difficult. Only in 2020, when the opening day of the regular season was delayed due to the influence of Corona 19, he wielded a strong blow from the beginning of the season.

In 2021, he could not get on the opening entry due to a torn oblique muscle, and last year, he was sluggish with 16 hits in 73 at-bats, 2 homers and 13 RBIs in April for a month of 0.219.

That’s why he can’t wait any longer. From the standpoint of the team, which is tied for 9th place with 2 wins and 6 losses in 8 games, I hope Jae-il Oh will raise the sense of hitting as soon as possible. Lee Won-seok and Kang Min-ho, who are forming the center batting line with Oh Jae-il, reported their first home run of the season early. 

Kim Dong-yeop, who is giving strength to the batting line, also has a good hitting feel. On the 4th, Jose Pirella, a foreign hitter who seemed to be suffering from aftereffects after colliding with a fence while defending against Hanwha, started a home run against SSG on the 11th.

Now, only one person remains, Oh Jae-il.

If the last piece of the puzzle is put together in the center of the batting line, coach Park Jin-man can build a more organized batting line. The sooner Jae-il Oh gives wings to Samsung, the sooner his escape from the crisis comes.

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