The competition for the home run king of the old and new big guns is drawing attention.
Veteran Choi Jung (36, SSG Landers), 토토 가입머니 who boasted a fierce batting sense in June, slowed down for a while, while next-generation big gun Noh Si-hwan (23, Hanwha Eagles) chased fiercely.
As of the 7th, Choi Jung and Noh Si-hwan are leading the home run category side by side with 19 home runs.
Until last month, Choi Jeong seemed to have a solo system in the home run king race.
Choi Jung, who hit eight home runs until May, took the lead in the 24 games he played in June, hitting 11 home runs.
Choi Jung hit his 15th home run of the season against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 20th of last month, taking the lead in the home run category. When he hit his 19th home run of the season against the Samsung Lions in Incheon on the 24th of the same month, he had five gaps with second-place Park Dong-won (LG Twins).
However, Choi Jeong fell into silence after the match against Samsung.
Choi Jung, who failed to hit a home run from Samsung on the 25th to Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 2nd of this month, was replaced by left adductor muscle pain in the match against KIA Tigers in Incheon on the 5th, and was diagnosed with alveolar muscle damage the next day. He was not excluded from the first-tier entry, but he will be difficult to play until the end of this week.
While Choi Jung faltered, Noh Si-hwan’s bat erupted into flames.
Noh Si-hwan hit six home runs in 10 games from the Doosan Bears match in Jamsil on the 22nd of last month to the Lotte match in Daejeon on the 6th of this month.
It was even hotter in July. He hit four home runs in four games, including two home runs against Daegu Samsung on the 1st. He hit a solo home run in the third inning against Lotte on the 6th and succeeded in catching up with Choi Jung and tied for the lead in home runs.
Choi Jung-eun is likely to miss the match against Hanwha at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon from the 8th to the 9th. There is a possibility that Noh Si-hwan will lead the home run alone in front of Choi Jung.
Regardless of who will be the No. 1 home run in the first half, the competition between Choi Jung and Noh Si-hwan for the home run king is expected to heat up in the second half.
Choi Jeong, who became the home run king in 2016, 2017 and 2021, is aiming to become the fourth home run king in his career. Noh Si-hwan dreams of becoming the first home run king in his life, surpassing his personal record of 18 home runs in a season recorded in 2021.
Not only home runs, but also the leading battle in the RBI and slugging percentage between the two are drawing attention.
Currently, Choi Jung is ranked first with 58 RBIs, and Noh Si-hwan is closely following with 56 RBIs. In the slugging percentage category, Choi Jung is first with 0.577, and Noh Si-hwan is second with 0.564.