Lotte Giants foreign hitter Jack Rex has rebounded from a nasty hitting slump. He expressed confidence that he is finding his “groove,” which he said was the best part of his game last year.
Rex went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI against the Sajik Samsung Lions on Aug. 28, helping Lotte to a 9-6 victory. The multi-hit performance followed his third home run of the season on the 27th.
After the game on the 28th, Rex said, “I feel good hitting. Everything that was bad is getting better,” Rex said after the 28th game, adding, “I’m trying to keep my current approach consistent.” 토토사이트
Rex joined the Lotte organization late last year, batting .330 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs and a .905 OPS in 56 games. Lotte was aggressive in re-signing Rex due to his youth (he was born in 1993) and quality performance in the KBO, and retained him for a total of $1.3 million (approximately KRW 1.7 billion).
He got off to a strong start in the 2023 season. After raising concerns with a .133 (4-for-30) batting average and one home run in 11 games during the March exhibition season, he followed that up with a respectable .295 (23-for-78) batting average, two home runs, 17 RBI, and an OPS of .827 in 21 games during the month of April. With the two-hitter winds blowing across the league, he did his job well enough. 안전사이트
However, his hitting dropped off after he was removed from the active roster on May 17 with a sore knee. After recovering, he returned on May 27, but his bat never really got going. His slump continued in June, dropping his season batting average to .237. Rex’s struggles were no small part of the reason why Lotte faltered to a 6-16 record by the fourth week of June.
Fortunately, Rex is slowly finding his groove. His rebound is evident in his last 10 games, where he is 11-for-36 with a .306 batting average. Lotte has also put a dent in its sole possession of fourth place with back-to-back wins against Samsung on April 27-28.
“The injured area is still a little sore, but I’ve been coming to work early for home games, getting treatment from the trainers and moving around,” Rex said, “so I’m getting better and better.”