Only 6 final strokes already, ‘League 1st’… SSG’s fortune, heredia solver instinct

At ​​this rate, it is worth calling it a fortune. SSG Landers foreign hitter Guillermo Heredia (32) once again demonstrated his instinct as a solver.

Heredia started as the 4th hitter and left fielder in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes game held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 5th and led the team to 3 consecutive wins with 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 walk in 3 at-bats.

Heredia스포츠토토, who withdrew with a ground ball in the first at-bat in the second inning, triggered her instinct to solve it in the 2nd out and 1st base chance in a tight 0-0 match in the 4th inning. When first base runner Choi Jeong advanced to scoring position with a stolen base, Kiwoom starter Jeong Chan-heon, who was impregnable, attacked the mistake and scored a timely hit in the left center. Although he was out on second base with a motivated run, it was an important RBI that broke the balance in the game flow that proceeded with a pitcher’s battle.

With a walk in the 7th inning and a hit in the 9th, Heredia was the only hitter from both teams to get on base three times. The RBI recorded in the 4th inning was recorded as the winning RBI, recording the 6th RBI in the season. 1st in league finals.

Heredia entered the KBO League stage with a contract worth 1 million dollars ($900,000 annual salary, $100,000 option) ahead of this season. SSG gave up on renewing the contract and chose Ereida, although Juan Lagares, who served as a substitute foreign player for Kevin Kron in the middle of last season, performed well. And so far, that choice is showing up as a successful result.

Heredia is currently playing in 28 games and wielding a batting average of 0.361, 3 homers, 24 RBIs, 3 steals, and an OPS of 0.924. He is ranked high in several categories, including 1st in most hits, 4th in batting average, 2nd in RBI, and 5th in OPS.

What shines even more is his ability as a solver.. His batting average in scoring position reaches 0.375, which is higher than his season batting average, and he has the most final hits. He also ranks third in win probability contribution (WPA) with 1.24, following Russell (2.00) and Choi Hyung-woo (1.35). After the 7th inning, his batting average is 0.433 (13 hits in 30 at-bats), and his strong side in the second half of the game is impressive.

In the SSG outfield, where Choi Ji-hoon, who led the team in both offense and defense, is out due to an ankle injury, and captain Han Yu-seom and veteran Choo Shin-soo are experiencing a slump in hitting, Heredia’s performance stands out even more. SSG, which lost its lead to the Lotte Giants on the last day of April, has recently won three games in a row, and has risen to first place, ahead of Lotte by one game. Heredia is the protagonist of the final blow in 2 out of 3 consecutive wins.

SSG, which achieved the KBO’s first wire-to-wire championship last year, has all three foreign players changed ahead of this season, raising questions about the possibility of a second straight victory. Annie Romero, who invested 1 million dollars, was kicked out after only playing spring camp practice games, but Kirk McCarty and Heredia are alleviating SSG’s concerns with performances that exceed expectations. Attention is focusing on whether Heredia can become a real lucky foreigner to SSG, who did not see much of a foreign hitter effect due to Crohn’s sluggish performance last year.

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