The Hanwha Eagles have won eight straight games for the first time in 18 years. With a solid pitching staff and batting lineup, expectations for fall baseball are rising.
Hanwha won eight straight games in 10 days from the 21st of last month against KIA to the 1st of this month against Samsung Electronics. With the win over Samsung on the 1st, Hanwha recorded its longest winning streak in 18 years and 6593 days since June 4-12, 2005.
Hanwha, which was in ninth place in the league with a 13.5-game gap to first-place LG before the last 28 games, is now in eighth place with 31 wins, four draws and 38 losses, a winning percentage of 0.449.
Fans have responded to the team’s record-breaking performance with feverish support. Fans traveled to away games in Changwon and Daegu, giving the team a boost. The game against SSG in Daejeon on Saturday, August 8, is sold out as of today. Saturday games usually have a 90% ticketing rate.스포츠토토
On a month-by-month basis, Hanwha’s rise is even more remarkable. Hanwha started the season in April with a dismal 6 wins, 1 draw and 18 losses. In May, they rebounded with 11 wins, 2 draws, and 10 losses, and in June, they posted 13 wins, 1 draw, and 10 losses, achieving a 5 percent win rate for two consecutive months.
The streak was fueled by a solid two-hitter.
His 3.87 ERA is third in the league and his .743 monthly OPS is fifth. In addition, the team’s confidence has been boosted by the winning streak.
The lack of losing streaks is just as positive as the winning streak. The team has only lost more than four games in a row once this season.
The performance of the pitching staff is another positive factor.
Ricardo Sanchez has won every game he’s appeared in. Felix Peña has also been outstanding, keeping his ERA under three. New outfielder Nick Williams has also been hitting for the cycle, completing the Hanwha trio.
Hanwha is currently three games out of fifth place, the final ticket to fall baseball. If they can maintain a 5% winning percentage over their remaining 71 games, they’ll be in with a chance.
This week, Hanwha hosts the fourth-place Lotte Giants and second-place SSG Landers in Daejeon. This week’s games could be the key to a mid-table finish.
“The first, second, and third starters all played in the Daegu game, so we’ll be using the fourth and fifth starters in the early games of the week,” said Hanwha Eagles head coach Choi Won-ho. “We’ll plan our bullpen strategy based on the flow of the game and our offense.”
Meanwhile, the game against the Lotte Giants on the 4th was canceled due to rain.