How will Shohei Ohtani, the “one and only” star of the Los Angeles Angels, perform this season?
On the 30th, the day before the opening day on the 31st (Korean time), the official website of Major League Baseball posted an article titled “30 club keywords to look smart before the opening day”. In the article, the players who hold the key to each club this season were highlighted.
The Angels ‘of course’ Ohtani was selected. On the 31st, Ohtani will be the starting pitcher for the opening match against the Oakland Athletics for the second year in a row. The above website explains, “Last year, Ohtani became the first player (based on the current regulation) to simultaneously achieve the required number of innings and at-bats as both a pitcher and a hitter.” 토토사이트
Ohtani recorded 2.33 ERA in 28 games, 166 innings, 15 wins, 9 losses, 219 strikeouts, and 160 hits (34 home runs) in 157 games, 95 RBIs, 90 runs, and a batting average of 0.273 as a hitter last year. The above website said, “34 homers are tied for 11th among hitters, and 219 strikeouts are 6th among pitchers. Ohtani is the first player to be in the top 15 in both homers and strikeouts in one season since the mound distance was changed in 1893.”
Ohtani’s first record is not the end. In 2021, Ohtani appeared in 23 games as a pitcher and recorded an average ERA of 3.18 with 9 wins, 2 losses, and 156 strikeouts in 130⅓ innings. Ohtani became the first player in the major leagues to achieve a “quantuple” of 100 innings, 100 strikeouts, 100 hits, 100 RBIs, and 100 runs.
The question on the homepage above was “What’s next?” Ohtani is entering his third two-batting season in the major leagues this year. The World Baseball Classic (WBC), which was held before the season, may interfere with the season, but there is a possibility that Ohtani will exert his strength during the season to give the Angels the feeling of winning an international tournament that he tasted for the first time.
Ohtani should have good grades this season, especially since he will become a free agent after the season. Already, ‘2024 Ohtani’ is expected to be the first major league player to exceed $500 million. If so, before going that way, what kind of first record can ‘2023 Ohtani’ leave in the major leagues?