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Cuevas - Park Chan-ho - Kim Jae-ho - Noh Si-hwan 'Big Bang'...KBO announces 8 MVP candidates in August
KT Park Young-hyun, the No. 1 hold in August, is also seen as the No. 1 hold in the season
Park Young-hyun, a second-year pitcher, has grown into a "trustworthy man" for KT's middle pitchers. KT played in 15 of the 23 games played in August and played a major role in securing the victory by recording 10 holds and 3 saves. From the Suwon SSG Landers match on the 2nd to the Jamsil Doosan match on the 16th, he showed perfect pitching without scoring an earned run in eight consecutive games. Park Young-hyun, who added 10 holds in August alone and recorded 28 holds in the season, is well ahead of No Kyung-eun of SSG, who is in second place with 22 holds, and is also in sight of the top spot in the season's hold category.
A.C.E.T. Cuevas is back
At the center of KT's scary rise in the second half is the returning ace Cuevas. In particular, he is mentioned as a strong monthly MVP candidate based on his perfect pitching in August. In all five games he took the mound, he recorded QS+ (more than seven innings and less than three earned runs) and won five games (1st place). Cuevas had a 0.50 ERA (1st) with two earned runs in 36 innings, 37 strikeouts (2nd) and showed great performance in August. Cuevas, who has 8 wins and 0 losses this season, is also likely to win the 100% winning rate award given to players with more than 10 wins if they record more than two wins without losing the rest of the season.
Lotte's lucky charm, Wilkerson
Lotte Wilkerson, who entered the KBO League in July, was nominated for the monthly MVP for the first time in a month. Wilkerson topped the list with 39 strikeouts based on his good pitching. Seung-woon did not follow and recorded only two wins in six games he took the mound, but he pitched 37⅔ innings (joint third) and allowed only six earned runs, showing a good performance with an average ERA of 1.43 (2nd). In Daejeon on the 31st, Lotte won the game with a pitch that cut off the team's seven consecutive losses against Hanwha.
KIA's troubleshooter, Na Sung-bum
Na Sung-bum led KIA's rise and had a batting average of 0.376 with 32 hits in 85 at-bats. He hit 11 multi-hits in 22 games he played in August, showing a cool blow in the hot August. It was also ranked at the top of major indicators such as five home runs (3rd), 22 RBIs (3rd), and second in slugging percentage (0.647).
Park Chan-ho, the spearhead of KIA's 'Hack-hitter'
Park Chan-ho, who led KIA's "nuclear batting line," was nominated. Park Chan-ho, who performed well in the overall batting index, had a batting average of 0.382 (5th) with 34 hits (joint 4th) in 89 at-bats. He went on the ground with 22 points (second place) and a 0.466 on-base percentage (third place). In addition, Park Chan-ho stole six bases and tied for fifth in the stolen base category, drawing attention with all three beats of offense and defense.
Samsung Koo Ja-wook with a strong sense of hitting
Koo Ja-wook, the core of Samsung's batting lineup, showed the standard of mid- to long-distance batters. Koo Ja-wook had a batting average of 0.412 (second place) with 35 hits (joint second place) in 85 at-. Of the 35 hits, he had as many as 10 doubles, especially in four consecutive games from the match against Pohang KIA on August 3 to the match against Daegu LG Twins on August 6. Koo Ja-wook, who has both long-hitting power, also added four home runs (joint fourth), showing a high OPS (1.139) with a long-hitting rate of 0.671 (1st) and an on-base rate of 0.468 (2nd).
Age is just a number. Doosan's Kim Jaeho
Kim Jae-ho's batting sense peaked. He played in 21 games in August and hit all but three. In particular, he hit 11 consecutive games from the Jamsil KT match on August 16 to the away game against LG on the 31st, ending his performance in August with 27 hits in 62 at-bats, ranking first in this category with a batting average of 0.435, more than 40%. The on-base percentage was also ranked first with 0.538, more than 50%, and tied for fourth place (19 points) until scoring.
Hanwha Noh Si-hwan to challenge for monthly MVP for two consecutive months
Noh Si-hwan was nominated in August following his monthly MVP award last month. With 20 hits in 82 at-bats, Noh Si-hwan hit eight home runs (1st) and 24 RBIs (1st). In the slugging percentage category, he also ranked fifth (0.598) and helped the team win. In particular, he drew three home runs, including consecutive at-bats against KT in Suwon on August 9. Attention is focusing on how many home runs Roh Si-hwan, who currently has 30 home runs in the season, will record at the end of the season.
The 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League's monthly MVP in August will be selected by combining fan votes and press votes from the Korea Baseball Journalists Association on Shinhan Bank's mobile application "Shinhan SOL" from the 4th to the 8th.
The final results of the August 2023 MVP vote will be announced on the 11th, and the final selected player will receive 2 million won in prize money and 2 million won in donations under the name of the player from the MVP award-winning middle school under Shinhan Bank's sponsorship.
Monday, September 4, 2023
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