LA Angels’ “Putting and hitting” star Shohei Otani (29) is pouring out records.
Otani recorded one hit (home run) and two RBIs and one walk in four at-bats in an away game against the Kansas City Royals in 2023 Major League Baseball at Kofman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on the 18th (Korea Standard Time). The season’s 메이저놀이터 batting average has dropped slightly from .31 to .300.
The team suffered a 9-10 come-from-behind defeat, but Otani recorded his 150th career home run and his 23rd home run this season.
Otani, who started as the second designated hitter, hit a solo home run in the seventh inning when his team was leading 7-2, hitting a 88.4-mile change-up from right-handed bullpen Taylor Clarke’s first pitch. He added a home run in two games since the Texas expedition on the 16th.
MLB.com noted, “If Otani, who plays both pitching and hitting, plays in all of the Angels’ remaining 89 games, he has a 51 home run pace that will be a career high.” Above all, several records came out with one home run.
Ohtani continued his hit streak to 14 consecutive games with a home run. It is the longest personal record this season. The longest Major League Baseball personal record so far is 18 consecutive hits from September 15 to October 4, 2022.
In addition, Otani succeeded in getting on base in 21 consecutive games. This is the longest record in the Major League this season. He also hit long hits in six consecutive games, the longest major league record this season and the longest personal record tie.
Ohtani walked six consecutive games, including the game on the 18th, and even made a long hit. Otani was on par with Billy Warber in 1937, Mickey Mantle in 1995, and Barry Bonds in 1997. One more game of long balls and walks will tie Babe Ruth (7 games in 1921).
Many media, including Japanese media “The Answer,” are paying attention to Otani’s record feast. “American fans said, ‘It’s more than Babe Ruth,’ and ‘On top of that, Otani is even a pitcher,'” the media reported on Otani’s news.