Ohtani Shohei (29‧ LA Angels) is the most likely candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) race this season. It is expected that there will be many voters who would support Ohtani if they voted today.
This is because he is doing a great job in both the two and the other. As of the 19th (Korean time), as a pitcher, he threw 53 innings in 9 games, with an ERA of 3.23, 5 wins and 1 loss, and a batting average of 0.292, 10 homers, 31 RBIs, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.904 in 43 games as a hitter. is unfolding There are many players who perform better than Ohtani in one way or another. However, Ohtani is the only player on the planet who can deliver all-star performances on both sides.
However, it has little to do with his personal title. There are no awards among the many individual titles that have been awarded for pitching and hitting. 3rd in home run in 2021 and 2nd in slugging percentage in 2021 were at least close to 1st. Ohtani’s paradox is a paradox.
This year, again, there is no one running in first place in the ‘two leagues integrated’ in the individual category. At least, the part that was close to the first place in the school was strikeout. Ohtani struck out 71 batters in 53 innings in nine games on the season. Clearly, this is a very large number. But he has more great players this year. P. Spencer Strider, 25, is a young Atlanta native.
Strider, who enjoys an attractive fastball and unstoppable aggressive game, played 51⅔ innings in the first 9 games this season. He played the same game as Ohtani, but with slightly fewer innings. However, the number of strikeouts reached 86. It is a staggering figure of 14.98 per 9 innings. Last year (13.81) was the highest level, but this year it increased even more. If Strider maintains this pace, there is a high possibility that Ohtani’s strikeout award will go over the water early.
Strider is not a player with a variety of pitches. Rather, he is much closer to an active pitcher who likes to use his fastball. This year, the average four-seam fastball of 97 miles (about 156 km) accounts for 61.3% of the total use rate. Next is the slider with an average speed of 85 miles (about 136.8 km), which is slightly different from the four-seam, but has a large drop, accounting for 33.3%. I really mix in a changeup here. However, as these three pitches are so powerful, batters are helpless.
The traditional four-seam-slider combo works great. Four-seams are often unable to hit even if they look in the middle, and after 2S, high-fastballs thrown high are also dangerous. Here, the combination of the slider that drops down to the low course outside the right-handed hitter is close to a harness. It’s actually not easy to deal with the changeup when the hitter is focusing on the fastball-slider combo.토토사이트
Strider has taken 42 of his strikeouts this year with four-seams and 36 with sliders. Last year, it was 120 with four-seam and 74 with slider. This year, the four-seam fastball miss rate is 31.7%, and the slider is a whopping 54.7%. More than half of the swings were misses when the bat hit the slider.
Strider, who debuted in the major leagues in 2021, recorded 11 wins and 5 losses with a 2.67 ERA in 31 games (20 starts) last year, ranking second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. This year, he is continuing his momentum from last year with an average ERA of 2.96 with 4 wins and 1 loss in 9 games. He also emerged as a Cy Young Award candidate. It is interesting to see how far this terrifying strikeout rate can go.