Do you want to throw like Ohtani? Fujinami watched rival bullpen pitch in high school
- on Apr 27, 2023
Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) and Shintaro Fujinami (29, Oakland Athletics), who were called rivals in high school. Fujinami watched Ohtani pitch from the bullpen, scheduled to start on the 28th.
On the 27th, Japanese local media ‘Full Count’ wrote about the meeting between Ohtani and Fujinami, who are playing in the major leagues. Ohtani’s Angels and Oakland, where Fujinami is playing, started a four-game series from the 25th스포츠토토.
On the 27th, Ohtani started pitching in the bullpen one day before the start. He raised his senses by throwing 34 pitches, including a slider and a cut fastball. And Fujinami watched Ohtani’s pitching from the bullpen. After the bullpen pitching, Ohtani talked with Fujinami for about five minutes, including interpreting, and then left for their respective schedules.
Ohtani has also been playing a big role as a pitcher this season. In five games, he’s 3 wins, 28 innings, an earned run average of 0.64, 38 strikeouts, a 0.92 batting average and an on-base percentage (WHIP) of 0.82. He is recording overwhelming results, including 1st in the league in hit percentage, 2nd in earned run average, and 6th in strikeouts.
On the other hand, Fujinami is sluggish. He joined the starting lineup from his first season in the big leagues, but was caught up in the difficulty of pitching. He is not able to fully utilize his strong points even with his fastball, which runs up to 160 km/h, and is recording an average ERA of 14.40 in 15 innings with 4 losses in 4 games as a starter. If you look at the detailed indicators, it is more sluggish. He was demoted to the bullpen after feeling the wall in the major leagues with 12 strikeouts, 4 walks, and 15 hits with a batting average of 0.302 and a WHIP of 2.07.
Although Fujinami has lost the starting spot, there is still the possibility of facing Ohtani. When Ohtani stood at bat and Fujinami stepped up as a bullpen pitcher, the two were able to meet, but on the 27th, they faced off against each other, attracting the attention of many fans. On this day, Ohtani hit a timely hit against Fujinami and is ahead of the head-to-head record with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats.
Japanese fans watched with interest the possibility of a head-to-head confrontation between the two, and had high expectations for the meeting of the two rivals. Fans are interested in whether Fujinami, who watched Ohtani’s pitching, will be able to rebound, as a new point of observation.