KT, expected to play a ‘resolver’ role
in Kang Baek-ho’s departure by slowly improving his physical condition from injury during the 20 days leading directly to the playoffs
Park Byeong-ho (37), KT’s fourth hitter who has regained his health, leads the team’s batting line at the final hurdle heading to the Korean Series.
KT and NC will play the first round of the playoffs (PO, 3 wins out of 5) at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 30th. KT, which ended the regular season early with the game against Doosan in Suwon on the 10th, focused on preparing for ‘fall baseball’ relatively more leisurely than NC, which came up after finishing the wild card game against Doosan and the first to third semi-PO games against SSG.
KT players, who have had 20 days of free time, are relieving the fatigue accumulated from playing 144 regular season games and improving their physical condition according to PO. The biggest harvest is, of course, ‘Healthy Park Byeong-ho’. Park Byung-ho played this season with major and minor injuries to his thighs and calves. Park Byung-ho, who was out of action due to a hamstring injury early in the season, could only watch as KT was pushed to last place in the league. Even though he injured his calf during a game last August, he endured the pain and played the remainder of the game in the second half.
The driving force that helped KT, which had once fallen to the bottom of the league, finish the regular season in second place was the power of central hitter Park Byeong-ho. Even though Byung-ho Park was not in normal physical condition, he played in 132 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.283, 18 home runs, 87 RBI, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.800. His true value especially shined in the scoring range. Park Byung-ho’s batting average in the regular season is 0.340.
After finishing the regular season and getting enough rest, Park Byung-ho goes into the match against NC in perfect condition. He warmed up his bat by playing as the fourth hitter and first baseman in the Blue and White match held at Suwon’s home stadium on the 26th and hitting a solo home run against Eom Sang-baek. Park Byeong-ho met with reporters after the game and expressed confidence, saying, “I completely recovered from my leg problem after a long break.”스포츠토토
While NC’s batting lineup is showing off its improved hitting ability regardless of the upper or lower batting order, Park Byeong-ho’s shoulders have also become somewhat heavier as Kang Baek-ho, one of the main hitters, is unable to participate in the fall festival due to an internal oblique muscle injury. However, Park Byung-ho has good memories of having a batting average of 0.526, 1 home run, and 3 RBIs in 5 semi-PO games against Kiwoom last year. This is why KT waited for a healthy Park Byung-ho.