“I can see that the pressure is increasing as each game passes.”
Hanwha coach Carlos Subero had a conversation with Chae Eun-seong (33) after the Daejeon NC game on the 28th. Chae Eun-seong was silent with no hits in 3 consecutive games (11 at bats) starting with the resignation Lotte match on the 26th, and suffered only 6 strikeouts and slowed down. Director Subero could see that Chae Eun-seong felt mentally burdened.
Chae Eun-seong, who left LG last winter for 14 years and signed a contract with Hanwha for up to 9 billion won for 6 years, emerged as the best FA student in the KBO League at the beginning of this season. In the first 19 games of his season until the last 23rd, he played with a batting average of 3.7 (28 hits in 75 at-bats), 4 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.022, showing one of the best performances in the league.
However, Chae Eun-sung’s hard hit did not lead to a team victory. Foreign hitter Brian O’Grady went down to the 2nd team on the 23rd after a severe hit, and there was no hitter to support Chae Eun-seong. Looking at the entire lineup, it is difficult to expect a goal unless it is Noh Si-hwan in No. 3 and Chae Eun-seong in No. 4. All major batting indicators such as team batting average (.222), home runs (9), and OPS (.605) remain at the bottom of the league.
Even if Chae Eun-seong played well, the situation where he could not win was repeated. It burned like an active volcano for three weeks after the opening, but the timing came when it fell once in the batting cycle. Unless it’s a machine, it’s impossible for a typewriter to continue hitting well every day. However, Chae Eun-seong could not afford to take a break due to the circumstances of the team, which fell to the bottom and the other line was tightly blocked.
Coach Subero said, “Chae Eun-seong is in a different environment from the team he has played for. LG is a team with a solid batting line regardless of rank. The situation now is very different from what I used to play as a member of such a team. After signing the FA contract, fans and inside the club expected Chae Eun-seong as a player who would save the team in a short period of time. As much as that, he worried that the players had no choice but to feel the burden.” It’s a situation where even the most experienced veteran can’t feel the pressure.
Concerned that Eun-seong Chae’s mental state might collapse, coach Subero tried to ease the burden through an interview. He said, “It is visible that Chae Eun-sung’s burden increases as each game passes. He has seen many players in this situation, regardless of nationality. Even when lifting weights, if you keep adding weight, you can’t stand it. (To Chae Eun-seong) I talked to him because he wanted to cut it off before burnout came. Baseball is a team sport, and Chae Eun-seong said that there are things she learns through this process. He hoped that he would lighten the burden a little.”
In the game against NC on the 29th, Chae Eun-seong broke silence with 1 hit in 4 at-bats. Although he was out with a fly ball to right field in the second inning and a straight hit to second base in the fourth inning, the quality of the ball he pushed to the right was sharp. In the end, in the last at-bat with no outs and first base in the ninth inning, he hit left-handed with a strong ball that pierced the side of the shortstop, and went no hits in 15 at-bats (14 at-bats, 1 pitch).
However, Hanwha lost in this game as well. Chae Eun-seong’s hit led to a chance for 1st and 3rd base, but Jeong Eun-won’s double hit in front of the second baseman only scored one point. 2-3 defeat. Hanwha, who suffered 4 consecutive losses for the first time in the season, became 6 wins, 16 losses and 1 draw. In just one month since the opening of April, the win-loss margin has already fallen to ‘-10’.메이저사이트