Edison Russell (29) is doing a great job. 

Kiwoom Heroes won 4-0 in the match against Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 2nd, after extending to the end of the 10th inning.

On this day, Kiwoom Yokishi and Samsung Buchanan’s foreign pitchers faced each other. The two pitchers showed excellent pitching, and after that, the bullpen pitchers also pitched well and the game went into overtime. 

Russell broke the long streak of zero. In the top of the 10th inning, with 2 out, 1st and 2nd bases full count, Russell fired a left-handed three-runner against his teammate Kim Tae-hoon not long ago. Afterwards, Lim Byeong-wook’s back-to-back home run was added, and Kiwoom won the victory. 

It is Russell who helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016 and contributed to breaking the curse of the goat. But it went downhill after that. He joined Kiwoom in 2020 and raised expectations, but even then he did not achieve satisfactory results. 스포츠토토

However, this season, when Yasiel Puig left and rejoined, is a completely different look. Unlike the first season of Kiwoom, he digested the preseason and did not have any difficulties due to self-isolation. Russell, who has been able to focus entirely on baseball, is showing his true value. 

Russell is an RBI player with 27 RBIs as of the 3rd. Although his importance has been underestimated recently, his scoring position batting average, which is one of the factors in evaluating hitters, reaches 0.643. Kiwoom’s team ranking cannot be said to be high, but he is swinging hard hits whenever he gets a chance. It is a bonus to show the defense from the major leagues and stabilize Kiwoom’s infield from the position of shortstop. 

It is true that there were insecurities about Russell due to his difficulties in his first season and his growing size ahead of this season. However, Russell overshadows these evaluations and is eating RBI. 

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