He’s trying to squeeze every last ounce of power out of his body, but his numbers are slumping.
KIA Tigers foreign-born slugger Socrates Brito, 31, has a heavy step in September. He’s batting just 2-for-1 in September. He hasn’t had a monthly average below 2.17 since the start of the season, but he hasn’t been able to produce results this month.
At the beginning of the month, things weren’t looking so bad. However, since going 0-for-5 against the Incheon SSG Landers on March 3, he hasn’t been able to produce. He showed signs of life with a three-hit game against the Doosan Bears in Gwangju on Sept. 18, but went 0-for-3 with a walk the next day against the LG Twins in Gwangju on Sept. 19. 온라인바카라
In September, Socrates drew six walks in 62 plate appearances and struck out seven times. Considering the number of at-bats and strikeout-to-walk ratio, the results weren’t that bad. I had back-to-back kills against SSG in Incheon on the 2nd and 3rd, but nothing after that. Overall, it seems like he’s getting good pitches in front of the plate, and he’s not getting lucky with pitches that miss and turn into hits. His swinging strike rate is quite high at 11.3%.
Socrates has held down a spot in the center field lineup all season. After Na Sung-beom returned in late June, he and Choi Hyung-woo formed a cleanup trio and helped drive the late-season surge. However, this month, he has fallen into a vicious cycle of impatience and inability to produce results as he has struggled to find the back of the net.
KIA manager Kim Jong-kook recently commented on Socrates’ batting, saying, “His feel is not that bad,” but “I can see that he is impatient when he has a chance. The bat goes out on bad pitches.” “If he focuses on that, it will be solved,” he said, adding, “He needs to pick up his pace as a center fielder.”
Over the course of two days on April 18-19, KIA managed just seven runs despite generating 25 hits. During their nine-game winning streak, they were able to score big runs with cohesion in opportune situations, but lately, they have been hanging their heads in shame after failing to follow through with runners in scoring position. The slump of Socrates, the centerpiece of the batting lineup, is also related to this trend.
Now that KIA has fallen to a position where fall baseball is not guaranteed, the revival of Socrates is even more urgent.