May was a big month for the Orix Buffaloes’ slugger Lee Dae-ho after hitting eight homers.
Lee ended his second month in the Pacific League with a batting average of .277 which is likely to only keep rising as he ended the month with a six-game hitting streak.
Lee Dae-ho rounds the bases after hitting a home run. (Yonhap News)
Up from .233 at the beginning of the month, Lee could possibly add more to the board on Saturday against the Tohuku Golden Eagles after a day’s rest.
And looking at the number of homers Lee has this early in the season, it seems as though he has already adjusted to the Japanese pitchers.
Lee sits at the top of his league in home runs and is second in Nippon Professional Baseball. But the behemoth slugger, standing at 194 centimeters and weighing in at 130 kilograms, looks to be a strong contender as Japan’s home run king with more than two-thirds of the season left to go.
Lee had an abysmal first month in the Japanese league with only two home runs and a handful of hits, with many Japanese fans questioning the signing of the veteran hitter.
But now it will be hard for Japanese fans to ignore Lee’s formidable hitting power.
By Robert Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org