이범호 KIA 감독이 25일 고척 키움전에서 개인 통산 170승을 거둔 양현종에게 꽃다발을 건네고 있다. 연합뉴스

An Overwhelming Start with a Win-Loss Difference of +13… Leading KIA's Brilliant April

Na Seong-beom and Lee Ui-ri, 14 wins as a starter + 1st place in team batting average, perfect combination.

Professional baseball's KIA Tigers are having a brighter April than ever, showing off their overwhelming skills in two-bats.

KIA defeated Kiwoom Heroes 13-2 on the 25th and reached 20 wins (7 losses) for the season.

Although only 18.8% of the regular league schedule has been played, KIA has a 62.9% (22 out of 35) probability of first place in the regular league among teams with 20 wins until last year, and is on its way to winning its 12th Korean Series this year gained momentum. 온라인카지노

This achievement is even more remarkable because it was achieved while main gun Na Seong-beom and fourth starting pitcher Lee Eui-ri were out due to injuries.

In the three-game series against Kiwoom during the week, a series of records continued, including Hae-young Jeong's youngest-ever 100 saves, Hyun-jong Yang's 170th career win, and Do-young Kim's first 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in a month.

As of the 25th, KIA had the most starting pitcher wins (14 wins), the most holds (24), and the most saves (12) among the 10 clubs.

The team batting average (0.291) is also the highest, tied for second place in team home runs (30), and first place in team scores (164 points), creating a perfect balance between two hits.

In the KBO league, which operates a single league, the performance in April and early May is so important that it determines the year's farming.

In a long-term race with many variables, the confidence and composure of having accumulated a lot of wins in advance has a huge impact on the game.

In a situation like this year where power has been leveled, there is a high possibility that the team that gets ahead early will dominate the race until the end.

Coach Beom-ho Lee, who took over as KIA's new leader during the Australian spring camp, announced that he would take the lead early in the season, and as a result of working together with the players, he solidified his position in first place with a score that exceeded expectations of +13 in win-loss difference.

If the current pace is maintained, coach Lee Beom-ho can run the season flexibly, as he envisions, “2 wins and 1 loss in a three-game series is much better than a winning streak.”

Over the past five years, the teams that have recorded a double-digit difference in win/loss after about 30 games have been played are the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) and Doosan Bears in 2019, NC Dinos in 2020, SSG in 2022, and SSG in 2023.

Except for last year's LG Twins, who overturned the rankings by achieving 'complete power' in June, teams that recorded early double-digit gains in all of 2019, 2020, and 2022 burst into the championship champagne.

In 2019, Doosan tied with SK until the last day of the regular season and advanced directly to the Korean Series ahead of their opponent.

NC in 2020 and SSG in 2022 achieved a combined championship by sweeping the regular league and Korean series one after another.

In addition, SSG opened a new era by winning 'Wire to Wire' by crossing the finish line without losing first place even once.

Even when comparing 2009 and 2017, when KIA won the Korean Series, the performance in the early part of this year stands out.

KIA was in the middle of the rankings in 2009, but jumped to the top with 24 wins, 1 draw, and 16 losses in the two months of June and July, and went straight to the Korean Series with the best performance of 20 wins and 4 losses in the month of August.

In 2017, after finishing March and April with 18 wins and 8 losses, they took the lead by adding 17 wins and 9 losses in May, and were toast.

It was the result of a powerful batting line with a team batting average of .300, led by two 20-win pitchers, Hector Noesi and Yang Hyun-jong, and five batters with 20 home runs.