The LG Twins have gotten one solid card this season in Shin Min-jae. He started out as a pinch-hitter, then took advantage of injuries and slumps in the regular lineup to become the starting second baseman and bat second. Since July, LG’s table-setters have been Hong Chang-ki and Shin Min-jae. The veteran Park Hae-min, who can hit, run, and bunt as well as the duo, usually batted ninth. The trio played a pivotal role in LG’s run-scoring prowess throughout the season. However, LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop has left the door open for a change in the No. 2 spot as he plans for the postseason (PS).
Before the rainout against the KT Wiz in Jamsil on the 26th, Yoon said, “Shin Min-jae hasn’t been good lately. His batting is on a downward curve. The reason I continue to use him is because he is a player I need to use as a mainstay next year.” “He will feel and learn from this process this year. This will help us prepare so that we don’t have to do the same thing at a similar time next year. That helps both the individual and the team.”안전놀이터
Yeom also revealed that he intends to test the ‘Park Hae-min batting second’ card for the remainder of the schedule in preparation for the PS. “Park Hae-min hasn’t been batting well lately, so we haven’t made any changes yet, but we’re planning to play him as the second bat in the remaining games to prepare for the PS. In that case, Shin Min-jae will naturally move to the ninth spot in the batting order.”
Park has only batted second in the lineup for five at-bats since June. But earlier in the season, he batted second consistently. He batted .302 (19-for-63) with six RBIs, a .362 on-base percentage, and a .333 slugging percentage in the No. 2 spot this season. He also had six successful sacrifice bunts. As LG plays out the remainder of the regular season, the team will continue to test various concepts for the PS while reducing its winning magic number.