‘Pitcher Ohtani’ hits better than ‘DH Ohtani’, “I put anger on the bat”

May 17, 2023 0 Comments

 I have a question.

After Babe Ruth, when will Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), who is the second player in major league history to hit both pitches, hit better on days when he pitches or when he does not?

Looking at fan graphs data, Ohtani had a much better batting record on the day he started pitching.

In the nine games he pitched all season as a pitcher, he had a .500 batting average (13-for-26), with one home run, six RBIs, six runs scored, three walks, and four strikeouts. As a designated hitter, he batted .264 (34-for-129) with 8 home runs, 23 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 16 walks, and 32 strikeouts.

It is a record calculated by dividing the batting as a pitcher and the batting as a designated hitter on the day when the Ohtani rule is applied when the position changes to the designated hitter after coming down from the mound on the day of starting pitching.

I also looked at this in terms of overall performance.

Ohtani had a batting average of .280 (45 hits in 161 at-bats), 6 homers, 27 RBIs, 24 runs scored, 25 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 57 games as a pitcher. His batting average as a fielder or designated hitter was .269 (532 hits in 1980 at-bats), 130 home runs, 344 RBIs, 327 runs scored, 254 walks, and 609 strikeouts.

His batting performance as a pitcher is overwhelming both in this year and in his career record.

Neither Ohtani nor those around him have explained the reason. It is unknown whether Ohtani is aware of this fact, but statistics show that he has an excellent talent for both pitching and batting.

Ohtani started in an away game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 16th (Korean time) and gave up 4 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings and allowed 5 runs. It was the worst pitching game of the season, but he hit the winning home run himself and became the winning pitcher. At the beginning of the 4th inning, when the score was tied 4-4, Baltimore starter Grayson Rodriguez’s first pitch, 80.3 mile curve, went over the right-middle fence and overturned the charter to 7-4. The Angels won 9-5, and the home run became the final blow, giving Ohtani his 5th win of the season.

This season, Ohtani had two chances to break the first record in major league history. It is the starting pitcher’s cycling hit. In the match against the Oakland Athletics on April 28, after hitting singles, doubles, and triples in the order, he hit a home run in the last at-bat, but was caught by center fielder in front of the fence.

And in the game against Baltimore that day, after getting a walk in the first at-bat, he hit a single, a home run, and a triple, followed by a grounder in the 7th inning and a left-handed hit, not a double, in the last at-bat in the ninth following a ground ball in the 7th inning.

Still, Ohtani became the second starter in history to get on base five times in a game, 59 years after Mel Stottlemeyer of the Washington Senators in 1964.

After the match, Ohtani said, “I’m sure all those records can be achieved because the sample is small. So I’m not too obsessed with it. But today’s match wasn’t good from the start. I scored a lot. That’s what I think about today’s match. thought,” he said.

Baltimore coach Brandon Hyde expressed awe, saying, “Ohtani is the best player we’ve ever seen. He has a special talent, and I think it’s hard to see another player with that kind of talent on the mound and at bat.”

Angels coach Phil Nevin said, 안전놀이터“I think there was a little anger behind that swing. It was a really impressive game.” In other words, the sense of responsibility for conceding a large number of runs in the early stages of the game was expressed through fighting spirit and concentration at bat.

It remains to be seen whether Ohtani will continue to hit harder on the day he gets on the mound.

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