Hae-Sung Kim (28, San Diego), who is hitting at the peak of his powers, shined again in his team’s loss, recording another multi-hit game and another game with at least two extra-base hits as he continues to enjoy the best stretch of his career. His performance over the past two weeks has been one of the best in the majors.
On Aug. 8, Kim started at third base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, and went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Despite the team’s loss, the “leadoff” hitter was still a force to be reckoned with. He had RBI singles in the third and sixth innings.
Facing right-hander Tony Gonsolin, the Dodgers’ starter for the day, Ha-seong Kim lined a slider to left field in the third inning. It was a continuation of the “no place to throw” look against Kim, who has been hitting pitches inside the strike zone as well as pitches that travel outside.
Compared to the third inning, the sixth inning looked easy. In the sixth inning, Gonsolin’s two-pitch slider was high and he spun his bat like a thunderbolt to drive it into center field. With his team leading 5-0 and the score 5-8, Kim’s action was even bigger than usual.
The hit extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and gave him 15 consecutive games with at least two hits. The second-longest streak this year is Freddie Freeman’s (LA Dodgers) 10 games. This is likely to be a major league record that will be hard to break this year.
Having already surpassed the Korean record of 10 games set by Shin-soo Choo in 2013, Kim has also matched the Asian record of 15 games set by Ichiro Suzuki. If he gets two or more hits in his next game, he will surpass Ichiro’s record and challenge for the franchise record (17 games). Kim’s hot streak is taking the Major Leagues by storm.
Despite their good records, they didn’t win Player of the Week honors last week. In the American League, it went to Femi Valdez (Houston), and in the National League, it went to Freddie Freeman (Los Angeles Dodgers). It’s hard to argue with Freeman’s win. Freeman had a huge week at the plate, going 5-for-13 (26 at-bats) with two home runs, seven RBIs, and a .923 OPS. That’s even better than Kim’s numbers.
However, in a press release, Major League Baseball’s official website (MLB.com) revealed that Kim was one of the players considered for relocation. “Kim hit .391 with one home run, two doubles, six RBIs and a .517 slugging percentage last week,” MLB.com said. While his lack of long balls may have limited his impact, a .517 slugging percentage is among the best in the majors. 토토사이트
In fact, over the past two weeks, Kim has been a run-scoring machine and the best runner in the majors. In 53 at-bats in 12 games over the past two weeks, Kim has a .419 batting average, a .528 slugging percentage, and a .512 on-base percentage. He has one home run in that span, but has scored nine runs and stolen six bases.
His slugging percentage was second in the National League, behind only James Outman (LA Dodgers). During this time, Kim posted an outstanding 18.9% walk rate while striking out at a low 9.4% rate. His six stolen bases were second in the league behind only Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta, 7). Kim’s stellar on-base percentage and ability to take an extra base with his feet made him one of the best players in the game. It’s just a shame that the team’s performance wasn’t better.
In terms of Wins Above Replacement (WAR), Kim ranks 10th among outfielders with 4.2 on the season, according to FanGraphs. He has already surpassed his personal best. He’s also on pace to challenge the all-time Korean record (6.4 set by Shin-Soo Choo in 2013).
In front of Kim are Akunya Jr. (6.1), Freddie Freeman (5.8), Shohei Ohtani (5.8), Mookie Betts (5.2), Marcus Simeon (4.6), Lewis Roberts (4.5), Juan Soto (4.3), Adolis Garcia (4.3), and Corbin Carroll (4.3). There’s not much separating the 6th through 10th spots, so Kim can break out at any time.
Especially in the second half. His 1.9 WAR in the second half alone ranks second in the league behind Freeman (2.0). Cody Bellinger and Shohei Ohtani are chasing Freeman. Among San Diego players, he is by far the best. Kim’s best years are ahead of him.