‘This time it’s the oblique’ Ohtani, 50 home runs elusive after all
Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels) is off the mound after tearing a ligament in his elbow, and there’s a chance he won’t even be able to step up to the plate. His 50 home runs in his rookie season are now virtually impossible.
Ohtani missed the Angels’ home game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 5 at Angels Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
Ohtani was initially scheduled to start the game as the designated hitter. However, Ohtani suffered a sudden right oblique strain that forced him out of the game.
The strain occurred after batting practice. A full examination is pending, but he could be placed on the disabled list.
If he ends up on the disabled list, he could be out for the season. The Angels’ chances of making the postseason are slim to none.
Previously, Ohtani suffered a right elbow ligament tear late last month. As a result, he will no longer pitch this season.
Combine that with an injury that could end his season as a hitter, and Ohtani’s chances of reaching 50 home runs in a season are slipping away. He currently has 44.
Ohtani’s previous record for home runs in a season was 46 in 2021, the year he won his first American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. It seemed certain that he would surpass that mark this season.
His 44th home run of the season came on April 24. However, Ohtani went 10 games without a home run, starting with the second game of a doubleheader on April 24. This was compounded by an oblique injury.
At worst, Ohtani will finish the season with 44 homers. And even if he’s not out for the season, one trip to the disabled list could put him over the 50-homer mark.바카라사이트
Of course, 50 homers and an MVP award don’t go hand in hand. Ohtani is already a lock to win his second MVP award. It may not be unanimous, but an MVP award is a given.
If Ohtani is out for the season with this injury, he will finish the year with a .304 batting average, 44 home runs, 95 RBI, 102 runs scored, 151 hits, a .412 OPS, and a 1.066 slugging percentage.