Thursday, October 18, 2007

First Time For Everything: Japan's Playoffs to Feature Two Korean Players


Lee Seung-yeop of the Yomuiri Giants and Lee Byung-gyu of the Chunichi Dragons will be facing each other in Japan's version of a League Championship Series. This is the first time two Koreans have played against each other in Japan's playoffs.

The numbers on these guys are as follows.

Lee Seung Yeop: .273 BA, 541 AB's, 84 runs, 29 doubles, 30 HR, 74 RBI, .322 OBA, .501 SLG.
Lee Byung Gyu: .261 BA, 478 AB's, 43 runs, 23 doubles, 9 HR, 46 RBI, .295 OBA, .370 SLG

Lee Seung-yeop has been battling injuries all season. First, he hurt his thumb in June and his back has been bothering him to the point that he had to cancel a press conference for treatment this week. This is actually a down year for him.

On the other hand, Lee Byung-gyu has been battling the fact that he is not very good all season. I think this will continue to plague him in the playoffs.

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