Shohei Ohtani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels was left out of the starting lineup for the away game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 3rd (hereafter Korean time). It is the second time this season that he has been excluded from the selection following the game against the Washington Nationals on April 13th.
Coach Phil Nevin said, “I wanted to give Ohtani a two-day break. I thought it was time to rest. I made an offer and he accepted.”
The Los Angeles Angels, who played 17 consecutive games, did not play on the last two days. This year as well, Ohtani, who has been both pitcher and hitter, took a break for two to three days.
It is a break considering the fact that St. Louis starting pitcher Steven Matz on the 3rd is a left-handed pitcher. Ohtani is scheduled to start against St. Louis on the 4th. Of course, other starting pitchers take a break the day before a pitch to adjust their condition, but Ohtani has taken a different path.
Ohtani played in 28 of the team’s 29 games this season through May 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
He appeared in 28 games as a hitter, batting .
As a pitcher, he posted 4 wins and an ERA of 1.85 in 6 games. He struck out 46 while pitching 34 innings. Except for the Boston Red Sox match in April (2 innings), which was suspended due to rain, all 5 games had 6 or more innings. Of course, even on the day he pitched, he stood at bat as a batter.
The offseason has been busier this year. He moved to Japan after the end of last year’s season and returned to the United States to participate in his team’s spring camp. In early March, he moved back to Japan to join the WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team.스포츠토토
Ohtani pitched and batted for the WBC. He played the first and second rounds in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Miami, Florida, USA for the semifinals and finals. He made two round trips between the US and Japan.
He was responsible for starting and ending the WBC Japan Championship. In the first game of the first round group stage against China, he started as a starting pitcher and designated hitter number 3, and played a big role in 4 scoreless innings – 2 hits and 2 RBIs. ninth inning closer in the final against the United States and confirmed the victory. Ohtani had no choice but to go to MVP.
In front of Ohtani, you cannot talk about the aftermath of the WBC.
Ohtani played in 158 of 162 games in 2021 and 157 in 2022.