What about O’Grady in the crisis of ‘no hits in 13 at bats’… ‘To make matters worse’, up to injury replacement
Hanwha Eagles foreign hitter Brian O’Grady (31) is having a hard time in Korea.
On the 20th, O’Grady started as the 5th hitter and left fielder in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ Doosan Bears game held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park, and was replaced by Moon Hyun-bin ahead of the defense in the top of the 6th inning. . The replacement was decided to protect the player, as O’Grady complained of discomfort in the back of his left hip. Hanwha lost 1-5.
Ahead of this season, Hanwha acquired O’Grady, a new foreign hitter, for a total of $900,000. The club was well aware that O’Grady was not a sophisticated hitter, but judged that he had a high level of slugging power that could be described as ‘if he gets caught’. He believed that if he adjusted to the KBO league early enough, he would be able to add weight to the lineup.
However, he is having a harder time adapting to the KBO League than he thought. O’Grady has a .140 batting average (8-for-57) and a .369 OPS in his last 14 games. He did not produce a single home run. In the meantime, he is contributing his strength with 8 RBIs, but it is a performance that cannot be given a passing grade.
The most frustrating thing is O’Grady himself. From the 18th to this day, O’Gredi consistently came to the field earlier than the training time and delivered special hits while playing three consecutive home matches against Doosan. The coaches also watched the training together to help Ogredi and gave advice and help.
Hanwha coach Carlos Subero said, “It is very difficult to hit. When the bat hits well, I have the confidence that I will hit well regardless of who is on the mound, but when it is bad, who is on the mound is very important. I’m trying everything I can,” he said.
He continued, “Not only O’Grady, but all hitters in the world did it. Good hitters are lucky and get Texas hits, but O’Grady has been getting a lot of hits lately, and that was also caught by the opposing fielder. With one or two hits, I have a desire to go up (with the flow),” he added.
Contrary to the command tower’s wishes, O’Grady’s bat was heavy that day as well. He could not respond to Doosan ace Raul Alcantara’s ball at all. At the end of the second inning, Chae Eun-seong fired the first shot and took a 1-0 lead. O’Grady, who came out as the lead batter at the end of the 5th inning with a score of 1-5, struck out on a swing and withdrew. 안전놀이터 At this time, he was replaced before the defense in the top of the 6th inning, probably because his back was strained.
On the 18th, Hanwha quickly announced a waiver for foreign pitcher Birch Smith (33), who had been absent due to a shoulder injury, and made a bold decision to recruit a new foreign pitcher, Richardo Sanchez (26), on the 19th. Observing this process, O’Grady couldn’t help but feel the pressure even more. Oh Grady himself is struggling in many ways, but the frustrating time is passing as he does not follow his body.