Ohtani Shohei (LA Angels), who is showing off an explosive sense of hitting in June, is expected to hit a career high with ‘heaps’ and get free agency.
With the current momentum, it is expected that it will be easy to win the largest contract in the history of American professional sports as well as recapture MVP.
As of the 14th (hereinafter Korean time), Ohtani is in the American League (AL) ‘Top 5’ in almost all major pitching categories.메이저사이트
First, in terms of batting average, 8th in batting average (0.296), 1st in home runs (20), 5th in RBIs (50), 5th in runs scored (44), 8th in on-base percentage (0.373), 2nd in slugging percentage (0.600), He is 3rd in OPS (0.973), tied for 14th in stolen bases (10), and 3rd in hits (77). The reason Ohtani’s ranking in each category stands out is that he has been swinging the fire bat for the past two weeks.
He has a .431 batting average (22-for-50), 7 home runs, 16 RBIs, 14 runs scored, 0.508 on-base percentage, 0.980 slugging percentage, and 1.488 OPS in his last 13 games. In particular, in the game against Texas Rangers on the 13th, he made the most impressive performance this year with a solo shot and a two-run shot in the final. Until the game against Texas on the 14th, he is on a streak of hits in the last 10 games.
At his current pace, Ohtani could have 47 home runs, 117 runs batted in, 103 runs scored, and 181 hits. It is a pace that exceeds the previous personal record of 46 homers, 100 RBIs, 103 runs (2021 or more), and 160 hits (2022). The batting average is also much higher than last year’s 0.273, and the OPS also exceeds 0.965 in 2021.
A’s Shohei Ohtani of the Angels is set to hit career highs in a bunch of major pitching categories this season. In particular, he is likely to achieve 40 home runs -200 strikeouts. AP Yonhap News
‘Pitcher’ Ohtani has been struggling lately, but this year, he is showing great prominence in the strikeout category. AP Yonhap News
In fact, the ‘pitcher’ category, which is relatively inferior to hitters, is not like that. Ohtani, who started in 13 games, threw 76 innings, recording 5 wins and 2 losses, an ERA of 3.32, 102 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.04, and a batting average of 0.172. He ranks first in batting average, second in strikeouts, ninth in WHIP, 16th in earned run average, and tied for 17th in wins.
As a starting pitcher, the most important thing is the average earned run average and innings pitched, but he can throw 178 innings, easily exceeding last year’s 166 innings. His earned run average has seen severe ups and downs in the last eight games, far away from last year’s 2.33, but it’s still less than halfway through the season.
Note the strikeout section. At his current momentum, he could catch 239 all season. His 9 inning average strikeout rate of 12.1 is also a career high. His batting average is also expected to be in the 10% range for the first time in his life. However, the fact that he has a lot of walks is a ‘trick of jade’. His 34 walks are tied for fourth in the AL. Because of this, despite his low batting average, WHIP ranks behind him.
In all, he hit 47 homers as a hitter and struck out 239 as a pitcher, another major milestone in major league history. 40 home runs and 200 strikeouts in a season is ‘unknown territory’ that even Babe Ruth has never been close to. Lightly, it is a result that has no choice but to be awarded the MVP by unanimous decision.
After this season, Ohtani is highly likely to sign a $500 million contract, the first in the history of North American professional sports in the free agent market. USATODAY Yonhap News
Ohtani will be eligible for free agency for the first time in his life after this season. Trade rumors have already begun to circulate since last summer, and there are prospects that the Angels will put him on the market this summer to secure a number of promising players. However, the Angels are 38-31, third in the AL West and fourth in the Wild Card, their best performance at the same point since Ohtani joined in 2018. Ohtani is also full of hopes for fall baseball.
Owner Art Moreno said in an interview with Sports Illustrated in March, “I’m telling you officially. If there is a playoff possibility, there is no Ohtani trade.”
Even if he doesn’t change teams, Ohtani will go to the market unconditionally after this season. For the first time in North American professional sports such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL, as well as the major leagues, contracts totaling $500 million based on guarantees are guaranteed. The current record for the division is a 10-year, $450 million contract by NFL Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in July 2020.