Shohei loses no-hitter, but gets 15th win
The Angels' two-way star, Shohei Ohtani, started the game against the three-game series finale vs. Oakland Athletics as a pitcher and batting third at Angel Stadium on September 29, EST. Shohei dominated the game as a two-way player. Ohtani pitched a no-hitter until two outs of the 8th inning as a pitcher, using a nasty slider. Unfortunately, Shohei lost his first career no-hitter by allowing Oakland's sixth hitter, Conner Capel, a sharp single which caromed off shortstop Livan Soto into center field. However, he gave up only two hits, a walk, and no runs, striking out ten over eight frames. Angels' offense also supported Shohei Ohtani with three solo shots by Ruis Rengifo, Taylor Ward, and Max Stassi. He will reach the required inning pitched for pitching titles by having one more inning in the next game.
The AL MVP candidate went 2 for four, including an RBI single to center field to help himself in the first as a batter, and his hitting streak extended to 14 games with his longest. Shohei hit an infield single to shortstop in his fourth at-bat to record his 40th multi-hit game this season.
The Angels swept the three-game series with a 4-2 victory over the Athletics.
(MLB No.111 KAISPO No.1,251)
#エンゼルス で二刀流 で活躍する #大谷翔平 選手は日本時間９月３０日、アナハイムのエンゼルスタジアムで行われたオークランド・アスレチックス戦との3連戦の最終戦に３番投手で先発出場。投打に存在感を見せた。ピッチングでは、得意のスライダーが冴え、８回２死まで無安打投球でアスレチックス打線を圧倒。惜しくも６番カプル選手にショート・ソト選手を強襲し、センターへ抜けるヒットを許し、ノーヒットノーランは逃したものの、８回を投げて被安打２の無失点。１０奪三振を奪う好投。レンフィーフォ選手の先頭打者本塁打、４番フォード選手とキャッチャーのスタッシー選手にもソロ本塁打が飛び出し、さらには自らを助けるタイムリーヒットで４点を打線が援護。１５勝目を挙げた。この試合、８イニングスを投げた大谷選手は、規定投球回数まで残り１イニングと迫った。
(MLB No.111 KAISPO No.1,251)
Today’s topics are about the condition of rich teams and poor teams in MLB and where Shohei Ohtani would go.
This graph shows the total payroll of each team and the results of the first half of this season. Do you know the top three richest teams? They are the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and of course New York Yankees. These teams stand at the tops in their divisions.
The amount of payroll and ranking are mostly in correlation. However, in this situation, the Red Sox and Angels are bad deals this season so far. On the other hand, the Twins, Brewers, Mariners, Rays, and Guardians are reasonable so far. It is very interesting.
Next, let’s talk about Shohei Ohtani. Many fans are concerned about the two-way player.
This graph shows changes in his annual salary. It is a value based on the two-way player. He started his big-league career for the minimum annual salary for his American dream. He is now under a two-year contract with the Angels. His salary in the next year might be determined by salary Arbitration if no agreement is reached between Shohei and the Angels. He will be a free agent in the 2023 offseason. Ohtani might be the highest-paid player in MLB or MLB history.
Many fans and media are paying attention to his destination. Some American media have estimated his value.
So, teams who want Shohei will need a huge amount of money. His destination depends on the strategy of the Angels. They have two options about Ohtani. Option 1 is to have a long-term contract with Shohei. 10) But, they need a big money. Certain media says it could be more than $300 million for 5 years. About option 2, the Angels can have a three-time chance to trade him to get some hopeful players before becoming a free agent. In this case, which team would acquire the two-way star? The Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, or other teams? I have my opinion about this question. But, well, my presentation will end here.
(MLB No.80 KAISPO No.1194)
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