You have to make a change.”
Samsung Lions manager Park Jin-man had some bitter words for slumping slugger Oh Jae-il.
The Samsung Lions suffered an upset 2-3 loss against the LG Twins in Jamsil on April 14. It was the second consecutive one-run loss for the Lions, who slipped to eighth place in the standings.
The team was unable to capitalize on its 12 stranded runners. It was a frustrating game for Samsung, as they had multiple chances in the 14th inning, but couldn’t come up with a decisive hit. The failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities was more painful than the errors.토토사이트
“It’s a matter of not hitting when it matters,” Park said before the game against Samsung in Jamsil on the 15th. “Yesterday’s game, we had several chances, but we couldn’t capitalize except for (Jose) Pirela. It’s unfortunate that the batters’ concentration was poor.”
The conversation naturally turned to Oh’s struggles. Oh has been in a terrible slump this season, failing to fulfill his role as a center fielder. In 56 games, he’s batting just .180. He’s hit seven home runs, but his accuracy is more problematic. He’s drawn 24 walks while striking out 68 times. His batting average with runners in scoring position is also poor at .212.
After going hitless and striking out three times in Game 13, Oh was dropped from the starting lineup for Game 14. He came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning but was removed after a walk.
Park said, “At the beginning of the season, I said it was a psychological problem, but now I have to make changes in the other direction. It’s been almost three months since the season started. Now it’s a technical problem,” Park said in a strong tone.
“Our batting lineup needs someone who can play the role of a center fielder who can hit when it matters. Oh Jae-il needs to be more prepared,” he added.