Shohei Ohtani surpasses Babe Ruth’s record but lags behind Judge’s feat

Shohei Ohtani and Babe Ruth
Michael Bennington
Friday August 11, 2023

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The star player for the Los Angeles Angels, Shohei Ohtani, who’s known for his impressive hitting and pitching abilities, often gets compared to the legendary Yankees player Babe Ruth. Recently, Ohtani achieved another milestone by breaking a record related to his two-way skills.

During the Angels’ victory against the San Francisco Giants with a score of 4-1 on Wednesday night, Shohei Ohtani achieved his 10th win of the season. This remarkable accomplishment makes him the very first player in MLB history to have multiple seasons where he has both attained 10 wins as a pitcher and hit 10 home runs.

In the year 2022, Shohei Ohtani did really well as a pitcher, winning 15 games and losing 9. He also hit 34 home runs, which was impressive.

In a game on Wednesday, Shohei Ohtani pitched for six innings and his team won. He allowed just one run that didn’t count because of an error, and he gave up three hits. The 29-year-old has been doing great, with an average score of 3.17 for his pitching (which is called ERA), and he’s leading the league in hitting home runs with a total of 40.

Back in May, something cool happened with Shohei Ohtani. When he made a batter miss and got his 502nd strikeout, he actually beat Ruth’s record as a pitcher. This means Shohei Ohtani now holds the record for the most strikeouts among players who have hit at least 100 home runs in their careers. And now, his strikeout count has gone up even more to 606.

The Angels have chosen to keep Shohei Ohtani on their team even after the trade deadline this year. And guess what? Ohtani is excited because he’s aiming to play in the major league postseason for the very first time.

Shohei Ohtani stated that he was aware that their playoff chances weren’t very high at the moment. However, he acknowledged the potential for it to happen. He expressed that the team was putting in their best effort in every game, striving to secure victories, and they had managed to win two games consecutively.

Shohei Ohtani short of Aaron Judge’s AL home run record

Shohei Ohtani enters Yankee Stadium for warm up before the Angels play the Yankees, June 30, 2021, in New York.
AP Photo/Adam Hunger

Even though the Angels might not have a strong team for the rest of 2023, their superstar Shohei Ohtani, who can do many things, could still manage to achieve more amazing things and set new records.

As of Thursday, Shohei Ohtani had hit 40 home runs. He’s very close to Aaron Judge’s record from last season, when Judge hit 45 home runs by August 10, 2022.

FanDuel Sportsbook earlier predicted that Shohei Ohtani would hit 23 more home runs for the rest of the year. However, this would be quite a challenge because he would need to hit home runs really often in the remaining 46 games of the Angels’ schedule.

Right now, Shohei Ohtani hits a home run about once in every 10.63 times he’s at-bat. Compare that to the Yankees slugger, who hit a home run about once in every 9.19 times he was at-bat during his amazing season, when he hit 62 home runs, setting a new record for the American League.

For the rest of the year, Shohei Ohtani would have to hit a home run about once every eight times he’s at-bat in order to reach a total of 63 home runs.

It was noted that he had 184 at-bats available to try and hit 23 home runs. The question of whether this is possible was raised, and while there is a chance, it’s not very probable.

Interestingly, the period in his career when he hit the most home runs was earlier this season. He managed to hit 13 home runs between May 29 and June 28, which was a span of 28 games. He has 184 chances to hit 23 home runs.

Interestingly, Shohei Ohtani’s most successful time for hitting home runs was earlier this season. He managed to hit 13 home runs in just 28 games, between May 29 and June 28.

One important thing to consider is that Shohei Ohtani might not be able to play as much due to the frequent cramps he’s been experiencing. These cramps are caused by him both hitting and pitching in the same game.

If he doesn’t play in a game, he’ll have fewer opportunities to hit home runs. The Angels haven’t been doing well lately, and it might be a good idea for them to let him rest. This could help them improve their reputation, and in the future, during the offseason, Shohei Ohtani might get offers of $600 million from better teams that have a real shot at winning the World Series.

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