Balls Appear to be Flying Again in KBO

The offense has seemed to taken on a resurgence in the KBO. Or the pitchers are suffering from tired arm and are giving up runs in droves. Two teams scoring 20 plus runs in five days. During that same time frame close to 30 percent of the teams have scored in double digits. Batting averages and ERAs are rising. Perhaps that is the humidity.

The Kiwoom Heroes scored more than 20 runs yesterday in their 22-7 win over the Samsung Lions. They have scored 32 runs in their last two games against Samsung. David Buchanan was the victim of the assault yesterday, giving up eight runs in less than five innings.

The acquisition of Addison Russell seems to have brought some life into the Heroes bats. They have surged to a five game winning streak, the last four games with Russell in the lineup. With Addison Russell hitting .357 and their superstar Jung-hoo Lee hitting .353 that is a potent one-two combination. Future major leaguer Ha-Seong Kim has scored two or more runs in those five games, including a 5 for 5 rampage against the Doosan Bears a couple days ago in their 8-5 win. The Heroes swept the defending champs in a three game series that saw one game rained out.

The LG Twins have scored 9 or more runs in four of their last five games, including a 24-7 thrashing of the SK Wyverns. Roberto Ramos (.309, 19, 46) has cooled off a bit, but ex-major leaguer Hyun-Soo Kim (.341, 14, 61) has been on fire. He recently had a 10 game hitting streak broken in which he drove in 14 runs. Kim is sixth in the league in batting and fourth in RBIs.

Time will tell if the warm weather and the influx of fans will continue the resurgence of the offense in the KBO. The league has now played 70 games, almost halfway through their season. Unlike the major leagues, they have had no corona virus outbreaks. But the bats appear to be letting loose.

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