Shin Min-jae’s first challenge to Park Chan-ho…Who’s going to take the stolen base?

The ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ has entered its final stages. Not only competition among teams but also competition for individual titles is hot. While new faces have emerged in various categories, “Great Competition” is also fierce. LG Twins’ Shin Min-jae (27) is in first place with 30 steals, but the pursuers are not easy. KIA Tigers’ Park Chan-ho (28), last year’s stolen base king, is raising his pace. There are three gaps between the two.

Shin Min-jae started as a pinch runner this season, but since April, he has emerged as the main second baseman, making 21 steals in the first half alone. Until July, his competitor was widely expected to be Kiwoom Heroes’ Kim Hye-sung (24). 바카라

However, Park Chan-ho has become a rival to Shin Min-jae as he has accelerated since August. Park successfully stole six bases in August, and added four more in September to rise to second place in the stolen base category. Having been named the stolen base king in 2019 and 2022, he has recently increased his batting average and on-base percentage significantly. As the number of steps on first base increased, the chances of attempting stolen bases naturally increased. Park Chan-ho, who had a batting average of 0.272 and an on-base percentage of 0.317 until the first half, has been outstanding with a batting average of 0.372 and an on-base percentage of 0.454 in the second half.

On the other hand, Shin Min-jae’s batting average and on-base percentage fell slightly in the second half. In the first half, he had a batting average of 0.344 and an on-base percentage of 0.400, but in the second half, he was slowing down with a batting average of 0.286 and an on-base percentage of 0.333. Nevertheless, he has maintained his pace of stealing bases by adding nine stolen bases in the second half.

Looking at the previous record, Shim Woo-joon (then KT Wiz) won the title with the fewest stolen bases in 2020. However, there were not many stolen bases with less than 40 titles in a single season. It is only three times in history, including 2020. It can be seen that stealing the base more than 40 times increases the probability of becoming a title holder. The competition between Park Chan-ho, who seeks to win the title in the rest of the game, and Shin Min-jae, who wants to become the new owner, is expected to spark fire.

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