Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hasn’t hit a home run in 10 games.
The Angels dropped a 6-10 decision to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday (April 4) at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31, but fell back to a three-game losing streak.
Shohei Ohtani was silent, going 0-for-3. He drew two walks to put runners in scoring position, but was unable to follow through with a hit. It was his second straight game without producing a hit. And he hasn’t hit a home run in 10 games.
Manager Phil Nevin still has faith in Ohtani. “I don’t see a change in his approach at the plate,” Nevin said, “and if anything, opposing pitchers are approaching him more cautiously.”
Ohtani went 0-for-2 in the previous day’s game. He still drew three walks. Opposing pitchers are having a hard time matching up with him.
Ohtani is not just a long ball player. When he gets on base, even with a walk or a single, he works hard to advance the next base. On this day, Ohtani added a stolen base to complete his 40-homer, 20-stolen base line. In 2021, the American League MVP hit 46 home runs and stole 26 bases.
Nevin said, “Ohtani is still hitting well. Just because he’s not hitting home runs doesn’t mean it’s not affecting us,” Nevin said.
Ohtani is no longer on the mound this year due to an elbow ligament injury, but his hitting is still going strong, as he is batting left-handed as opposed to pitching right-handed.
In 135 games this season, he’s batting .340 with 44 home runs and 95 RBIs. His .412 on-base percentage, .654 slugging percentage, and 1.066 OPS rank second overall, first in on-base percentage, and first in OPS. His batting average is ninth overall. He’s having a dominant season across multiple offensive metrics. That’s why he’s a favorite to win his second MVP award since 2021.안전놀이터
On the mound, he’s also won 10 games (5 losses) in 23 starts.
“With four weeks left in the regular season,” MLB.com writes, “Ohtani could accomplish a feat even rarer than 40 homers and 20 doubles. If he can reach 50 homers, he could become the fifth player in major league history to record a 50-homer, 20-steal season.”