‘Silent for 10 games’ Ohtani, tied for first place in home runs, hits 6 more to become the 5th 50-home run-20 stolen base season in Major League history
- on Sep 04, 2023
LA Angels Shohei Ohtani has not hit a home run in 10 games.
The Angels lost 6-10 in the away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 4th (Korean time).
They succeeded in escaping their 3-game losing streak by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 10-8 on the 31st of last month, but fell into 3-game losing streak again.
Shohei Ohtani was silent with no hits in three at-bats. He walked two and went on base, but did not score because there was no follow-up hit. He failed to produce a hit for the second straight game. Moreover, there has been no home run in 10 games.
Coach Phil Nevin still trusts Ohtani. Manager Nevin said, “There is no need to change Ohtani’s approach to the plate,” adding, “Rather, opposing pitchers are approaching Ohtani more cautiously.”토토사이트
Ohtani had only 0 hits in 2 at-bats in the game the previous day (3rd). Still, he only drew three walks. Opposing pitchers are having a hard time competing with Ohtani.
Ohtani is not a player who only aims for long hits. Even with a walk or a single, if he goes out on base, he actively plays to advance to the next base. On this day, Ohtani added one stolen base, completing 40 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He won the American League MVP and in 2021, he hit 46 home runs and stole 26 bases.
Manager Nevin said, “Ohtani is still showing good at-bats. “Just because he can’t hit a home run doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an impact on us,” he said, showing firm trust.
Ohtani is no longer on the mound as a pitcher this year due to an elbow ligament injury, but unlike when he pitches with his right hand, he bats as a left-handed hitter, so his batting is still progressing.
He has a batting average of .300, 44 home runs, and 95 RBI in 135 games this season. His on-base percentage was .412, slugging percentage was .654, and OPS was 1.066. He ranks 2nd overall in on-base percentage, 1st in slugging percentage, and 1st in OPS. Batting average ranked 9th overall. He is having an underwhelming season in several offensive metrics. This is why the possibility of winning a second MVP award after 2021 is being discussed.
In addition, he has achieved 10 wins (5 losses) in 23 games as a pitcher.
MLB.com said, “There are four weeks left in the regular season,” and “Ohtani could achieve a feat more rare than 40 home runs and 20 stolen bases. “If he can achieve 50 home runs, he could record the fifth 50 home run-20 stolen base season in major league history.”