‘Unanimous MVP as a hitter’ Ohtani aims for ‘dream record’
After hitting 40 home runs in a season for the second time in his career, Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels) saw his wRC+ rise vertically to 190.카지노사이트
Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a home run (his 40th of the season), a double, two walks and a stolen base in a home game against the Seattle Mariners on April 4 (ET).
This gave Ohtani a wRC+ of 190 on the day. The gap to Freddie Freeman (34) for second in the majors is a whopping 18. He is 32 behind the American League leader.
It’s already well above his career-high of 151 from the 2021 season. Of course, it could decrease depending on future results, but the career high is set.
And if Ohtani keeps up this momentum, he could even surpass the dream number of 200. In the last decade, only Aaron Judge (207) posted a wRC+ over 200 last year.
Notably, a wRC+ of 200 has never been achieved by even Mike Trout, who has been the best hitter in baseball for a long time.
Shohei Ohtani. Photo by Getty Images Korea
Ohtani has faced stronger competition in the second half of the season, striking out at a rate of over 5%. He is also adding home runs in these situations.
To date, Ohtani is batting .310 with 40 home runs, 82 doubles, 84 RBI, 125 runs scored, a .413 OPS and a 1.098 slugging percentage in 108 games this season.
It’s gotten to the point where he could win unanimous Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors even without his pitching performance. Ohtani’s hitting ability has completely dominated the major leagues.
As he continues to build on his breakout season as a hitter, it will be interesting to see if Ohtani can continue his two-hit performance and reach a dream wRC+ of 200.