Los Angeles Angels Ohtani Shohei showed off the power of the ‘seven color bird’ by showing as many as seven pitches.
Ohtani started the home game against the Washington Nationals at Angel Stadium on the 12th (hereinafter Korean time) and became the winning pitcher with an overwhelming pitching performance of 1 hit and no runs in 7 innings.
The Angels, who won 2-0 thanks to Ohtani’s good pitch, broke their two-game losing streak and recorded 6 wins and 5 losses, keeping the second place in the American League West division. It is still one game behind the leading Texas Rangers.
However, Ohtani’s pitching on this day was not very good, just like the previous two games. He allowed five walks and one hit ball. The five walks are the most since he gave up six against the Minnesota Twins on September 24 last year.
However, in a crisis, he continued pitching without a loss, using his main weapon, the sweeper, as the deciding ball. Of the 92 pitches, the sweeper accounted for 51, more than half.
Ohtani’s sweeper is considered one of the most powerful pitches in the major leagues. MLB.com rated Dylan Seads’ slider of the Chicago White Sox, Sandy Alcantara’s changeup of the Miami Marlins, and Ohtani’s sweeper as the top three pitches in the major leagues.
This is the pitch that struck out the last batter, Mike Trout, on a swing in the World Baseball Classic finals. Ohtani’s sweepers form in the mid-80s, averaging 18 inches of break. It is larger than the width of home plate (17 inches).
Ohtani threw six pitches in addition to the sweeper that day. He recorded 16 four-seam fastballs, 12 sinkers, 5 cutters, 4 sliders, 3 splitters and 1 curveball each. His fastball best velocity was 98.7 mph and he averaged 96.8 mph.
Should I say ‘seven colors’ instead of ‘eight colors’? Equipped with various ball combinations, Ohtani recorded 2 wins and an average ERA of 0.47 in 3 games this season. In 19 innings pitched, he gave up 12 walks and struck out 24. 먹튀검증
It is a record that can challenge the Cy Young Young. The average ERA is 6th in both leagues, and it is 1st among pitchers who have appeared on the mound three times, that is, among the aces of each team. The batting average is 3rd with 0.100, and the WHIP is 0.95, tied for 15th. Strikeouts tied for third with Dylan Seaz of the Chicago White Sox.
Ohtani also set a historically significant record on this day. It was the 10th game in which he threw less than two runs in a row after the Toronto Blue Jays match on August 28 last year (7 innings, 2 hits, no runs). This surpasses Nolan Ryan, the legendary fastball, which is the best record ever for the Angels club. Ryan pitched two runs or less in nine straight games from September 17, 1972 against the White Sox to April 23, 1973 against Oakland.
In addition, Ohtani continued pitching ‘salty water’ with less than 3 hits in 7 consecutive games after the match against the Seattle Mariners on September 18 last year.