Ohtani Shohei (29, Los Angeles Angels) is running wild in June. Even the enemy general couldn’t say anything about how to stop Ohtani before the game.메이저놀이터
Japanese media Full Count reported on the 17th, “Kansas City Royals coach Matt Quatraro made a puzzled expression, saying, ‘I don’t know how to stop (Ohtani)…'”.
On this day, Ohtani will play as the Angels’ second designated hitter in the 2023 MLB away game against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Before the match, Quatraro was asked by Japanese reporters about his plan to stop Ohtani.
Ohtani has been performing amazingly in June. Having played in 14 games until the previous day, he has a batting average of 0.426 (23 hits in 54 at-bats), 7 homers and 16 RBIs. The OPS is a whopping 1.459, literally terrorizing pitchers. In particular, in his last 7 games, he has hit 6 home runs, showing off his long hitting power. The batting average, which once fell to the early 0.260 range, rose to 30% (0.301) through the game on the 16th.
In fact, Ohtani hit 8 home runs in May, but his batting average was only 0.243. He became an unstoppable player in June. Japanese media Number Web analyzed the cause of the rise, saying, “Ohtani adjusted his bat grip position at the end of May and hit a home run on the same day.”
Director Quatraro said, “I will do my best,” revealing his feelings against Ohtani. Still, he mentioned both awe and wariness at the same time, saying, “He’s the most amazing player on the planet I’ve ever seen. He’s a player who seems like he can do anything, so I think we’ll have to pitch really well.”