The NC Dinos have a shaky mound following the recent injury departure of native ace Chang-Mo Koo.
They are solving the problem with a hot bat as hot as the early heat.
After losing 11-13 in a hard-fought game against the Gwangju KIA on the 16th, the Dinos rebounded with a 10-7 victory on the 17th. The bats exploded from the beginning, scoring seven runs in the third inning alone to decide the game. The team’s batting lineup is getting hotter every day.
At the center of it all is Jason Martin (28), the “ugly duckling” who turned into a swan.
The new outfielder battled a side injury early in the season and the patience of the bench as he took time to adjust to the KBO.토토사이트
“Various indicators are good. He’s going to be fine,” said NC manager Kang Myung-hwa. With over 100 at-bats under his belt, he’s been hitting like a man possessed as he completes his overall adjustment to KBO pitching.
In June, he turned into a fearsome hitter. In 14 games, he batted 3-for-6 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. His 6-for-8 slugging percentage and 4-for-4 on-base percentage give him a whopping 10-for-6 OPS.
His recent 18-game hitting streak has pushed his average to 2.9, up from 2.3 through May. He’s on pace for a triple.
The 2023 KBO League game between the LG Twins and the NC Dinos was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 4th. NC Martin hits an RBI single with runners on first and third in the third inning. Jamsil=Choi Moon-young 기자deer@sportschosun.com /2023.06.04/
The 2023 KBO League game between the LG Twins and the NC Dinos was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on June 3. NC Martin celebrates at second base after hitting a two-run double with runners on first and second in the first inning. Jamsil=Choi Moon-young 기자deer@sportschosun.com /2023.06.03/
What makes Martin so scary is that he has both finesse and power.
He also has speed. In the third inning of the 17th game against KIA, Martin hit a triple to right center field, and even though his bat speed was high, he accelerated. He was safe at third base with plenty of time to spare and recorded his first career triple.
A quiet, reserved outfielder. He had a tough time adjusting to a new league and unfamiliar surroundings. Injuries added to the challenge.
But translators, trainers, coaching staff, and the entire team helped him adjust to Korean baseball, and as a result, he found his confidence.
With such a fast swing speed, he had the potential to be scary against KBO pitchers when the timing was right. He’s unleashing this potential with confidence. With his combination of power and speed, he has the potential to become the best outfielder in NC history.
The long wait has been worth it. Now it’s time to reap the harvest.