It may not be a two-horse race for MVP between NC Dinos’ Eric Peddie (30) and Hanwha Eagles’ Roh Si-hwan (23). There is a player who has entered the MVP race. LG Twins’ Hong Chang-ki (30).
Until the middle of the season, the MVP race was a battle between Pedi and Noh. Pedi, the frontrunner, is 18-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 150⅔ innings pitched in 25 games.메이저사이트
He leads the league in wins, three ahead of KT Benjamin. He also leads the league in ERA. Doosan Alcantara (2.36).
With Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin out for the season due to elbow surgery, Pedi has also moved into first place in strikeouts. With 169, he leads Ahn (164) and Benjamin (149).
Pedi is now in the hunt for the pitching triple crown.
His opponent is Noh Si-hwan. Through 18 games, Noh is batting .298 with 30 home runs, 96 RBIs, a .549 on-base percentage, and a .937 OPS in 123 games. He leads the league in home runs, RBIs, and on-base percentage. However, Noh is competing in the Asian Games, which could allow his rivals to catch up.
There is one player who has managed to break through the two-way competition, and that is Hong Chang-ki.
Through 18 days and 122 games, Hong is batting .340 (157-for-462) with one home run and 63 RBIs.
His bat hasn’t cooled down. Zooming in on his last 10 games, he’s batting a whopping 4-for-4 (.421). In his last three games, he has pounded out six hits.
With this performance, he overtook Son Ah-seop (NC-0.339) for the top spot in the batting average.
Hong Chang-ki was already one of the league’s best run-scoring machines. He leads the league with a whopping 0.452 on-base percentage this season. That’s more than four points ahead of second-place Doosan’s Yang Yang-ji (0.410). It’s no exaggeration to say that he’s earned the title of RBI king.
He’s not only a good fixer, but he’s also a good leadoff hitter, which means he’ll score a lot of runs. With 100 runs, he overtook Kim Hye-sung of Kiwoom (97 runs) to become the top scorer.
A third title is within reach. Plus, the team is on the verge of its first championship in 29 years. ‘The batting trifecta of a championship team’. Especially with the “championship premium” in play, they’re a legitimate MVP contender.
“I don’t pay much attention to it, but I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season, so I’m going to do my best,” Hong said, adding, “I think I might have to hit 200 hits to do it.” He was modest.
The MVP race is on fire at the end of the season. It remains to be seen who will take home the MVP honors.