He’s on the verge of a .300 batting average.
Los Angeles Angels “superstar” Shohei Ohtani, 29, is having a hot June. On Thursday, he batted second and designated hitter against the Texas Rangers, going 2-for-2 in five at-bats. His other three at-bats were walks. He reached base in every at-bat to help his team win 7-3. It was his sixth straight game with a hit, including a home run to left field in the 12th inning the day before.
Raised his season batting average to 2-for-9 (77 RBI in 260 at-bats). Through 14 days, he has 20 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .973 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). He leads the American League in home runs, passing Aaron Judge. He’s fifth in RBIs and third in on-base percentage and OPS.
First at-bat with the bases loaded in the first inning. On a full count, he pulled a changeup from Texas left-hander Cody Bradford toward his body for a two-run double to right field.
He drew his first walk in the third inning and followed with a single to right in the sixth. He followed with back-to-back walks. He reached on a wild pitch in the seventh and a walk in the ninth. It was his 10th straight game with a hit and third straight multi-hit game.
In the top of the ninth, he stole second base with two outs. It was his 10th stolen base of the season. Has 13 total attempts this year for a 77% success rate.
Has been hitting very well of late. In his last seven games, he’s 13-for-28 with four doubles, four home runs, eight RBIs, and a 1.529 OPS.
While Ohtani the pitcher has regressed from last year, Ohtani the hitter is the best in the majors. Ohtani’s June has been particularly frightening. 메이저사이트
In 12 games in June, he went 20-for-49 with a double, a triple, seven home runs, and 16 RBIs. He has a .464 slugging percentage, a .957 on-base percentage, and a 1.423 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
With Ohtani swinging the bat, the Angels have been on a roll. They’ve won three straight and are 8-1 in their last nine games. They cut the American League West lead over Texas to 4.5 games. A nine-year fall baseball dream has been nurtured.
Meanwhile, Ohtani is 5-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 appearances on the mound. He hasn’t won in four games since May 16 against the Baltimore Orioles (four runs on five hits in seven innings).