Kim Do-young (KIA), the ‘second Lee Jong-bum’, has grown by leaps and bounds in his second year as a professional. The biggest change from last year.
Kim started at third base against Doosan in Jamsil on April 6, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the team to its ninth straight win in 10 years.메이저사이트
Kim warmed up with a single to left field in the first inning, then blasted a two-run homer to center field in the top of the fourth for a 3-0 lead. On a 1B-1S count, he took advantage of Doosan native ace Kwak Bin’s three-pitch high fastball (146km) to the body and arched it for the second straight game, following a game against SSG in Incheon on March 3. Season No. 4.
Second-year player Kim Do-young’s season saw him hit .848 with three doubles, four home runs and 27 RBIs in 49 games, a marked improvement over his rookie campaign in which he batted .231 with seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 103 games. Despite spending nearly three months rehabbing from a season-ending injury early in the season, he has shown an upgraded bat, which is a big boost for KIA.
“I’ve been working out a lot,” said KIA manager Kim Jong-guk before the team’s game against Doosan in Jamsil on Sept. 7. Last year, I wasn’t a starter, so I must have felt a lot of things. This year, due to injuries, I haven’t been in the first team for a long time, but the things I’ve been preparing for are coming out.”
“I think my mindset is probably different. I think I’m more relaxed because I’m doing better than last year. I also feel more relaxed when it comes to the opposing pitcher’s pitch mix. Kim Do-young is different from the first year to the second year,” he added.
Meanwhile, manager Kim Jong-kook has selected Hwang Dong-ha for the first game and Lee Yi-ri for the second as the starting pitchers for the doubleheader against Gwangju LG on September 9. Regarding the starting pitcher on the 10th, he said, “I need to think about it more. Kim Jong-guk or Kim Jae-yeol will probably start,” he said.
Against Doosan starter Choi Won-jun, KIA lined up a starting lineup of Park Chan-ho (shortstop), Kim Do-young (third base), Na Sung-beom (right field), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Socrates Brito (left field), Kim Sun-bin (second base), Oh Sun-woo (first base), Kim Tae-gun (catcher), and Choi Won-jun (center field). The starting pitcher is ace Yang Hyun-jong.
If KIA wins today’s game, they will have won 10 straight games for the first time in 5139 days since August 11, 2009 against Gwangju Lotte.