Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will start the second half of the season against the Houston Astros.
MLB.com revealed the starting pitchers for each team in the second half of the season, which resumes after the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star break on Wednesday.
Of note, the Angels open the second half with a three-game series against Houston. The first day of the three-game set has a different starter.안전놀이터
He made two starts against Houston in the first half. On May 10 at home, he pitched seven innings of three-run ball but took the loss. On June 3, he gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings in Houston. Can he bounce back from two first-half losses?
In the first half of the season, Ohtani is 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 games as a pitcher, while as a hitter, he’s batting .322 with 32 home runs and 71 RBIs in 89 games. As a pitcher, he is tied for fourth with 132 strikeouts. As a hitter, he ranks first in home runs, first in OPS (1.050), first in slugging percentage (.663) and 10th in on-base percentage.
[Photo] Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ⓒGettyimages (All rights reserved)
He’s been a two-way star. Ohtani will be a free agent at the end of this season, and his asking price is consistently reported to be over $500 million.
The possibility of Ohtani leaving the Angels as a free agent has been mentioned, although it’s also possible that he could be traded. One of the leading contenders is the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Japanese outlet Sponichi Annex notes that “Ohtani will start against Houston in the second half of the season.” It will be interesting to see how the major league star performs in the second half.