Los Angeles Angels Ohtani Shohei’s performance is praised by both the Japanese and American media.
The American media ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ said on the 4th (Korean time), “St. Louis fans finally felt Ohtani. The Japanese genius is a strong candidate for MVP and Cy Young Award.”
Ohtani took the mound as a starting pitcher in an away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals held at St. Louis Busch Stadium in Missouri, USA, and pitched 5 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings.
It wasn’t something to be satisfied with, but the loss was avoided as the Angels came from behind to win 6-4. By adding 13 strikeouts, he surpassed Kevin Gausman (Toronto, 54) and ranked first in the American League alone (59) in this category.
The 13 strikeouts are Ohtani’s most in a single game, tying the record. Ohtani struck out 13 in eight scoreless innings against the Kansas City Royals on June 23 last year.
On this day, Ohtani stepped on the 500th strikeout in his major league personal career. Following the 100 home runs (134) as a hitter, the 500 strikeout breakthrough is the first time since Babe Ruth, the original ‘battering double-up’ in the major leagues. From 1914 to 1935, Ruth recorded a career-high 714 home runs as a hitter and 501 strikeouts as a pitcher. 먹튀검증
Ohtani is 4-0, 2.54 ERA in 7 games as a pitcher this season. He has a batting average of 3.7 with 7 homers and 19 RBIs in 29 games as a hitter. He is making records as a pitcher and hitter, including a tie for 5th in most wins, 17th in earned run average, 7th in WHIP (on-base percentage per inning), and a tie for 14th in home runs.
While already predicting the possibility of a second American League MVP after 2021, even a Cy Young Young candidate is being discussed while producing results as a pitcher.