Will ‘home run chaser’ Ohtani be rejuvenated by return of ‘best friend’ Trout?

‘Trout, come on!’

온라인바카라 Shohei Ohtani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim loses his home run lead in the first inning of an American professional baseball game. The Atlanta Braves’ Matt Olson’s fiery bat has taken over. But he has a friend. It’s the impending return of his best friend Mike Trout.

Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a road game against the Houston Astros on Thursday. One of his hits was a home run. With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, he hit a solo home run over the centre field wall off opposing pitcher Parker Mucinski.

Marked his 41st home run of the season. After hitting 14 cannons in July, his bat cooled off in August. Didn’t hit another home run for eight games after his homer against the Seattle Mariners on 4 August. It took him nine games to turn it around.

During his slump, he lost his home run lead. He was overtaken by Olson, who has seven homers in his last 12 games. Olson followed up his multi-homer outburst against the New York Mets on the 12th with another one against the Mets on the 14th, marking his 43rd. He has a very hot bat in his hands.

Despite losing the home run lead with the rise of his rivals, he remains hopeful. After injuring his wrist against the San Diego Padres on 4 July and being diagnosed with a fractured metacarpal, Trout is on the comeback trail. Once he’s back, he’ll be able to take a lot of pressure off opposing pitchers. The return of a stalwart backstop is exciting. 

Ohtani has been struggling to maintain his batting average lately due to opponents’ high fastballs and avoidance of face-offs. The loss of his partner in crime, Trout, has added to the pressure. He struggled with his batting, and his stamina dropped as he pitched as well. Eventually, his performance changed, as he lost the lead in home runs in the major leagues.

It was in this atmosphere that Trout regained his form and signalled a possible comeback. On the 12th, Trout began batting practice on a pitching machine and is gauging the timing of his return. The Angels’ batting order is set to return to the big leagues in mid-to-late August, and once he’s healthy, we could see the Angels batting second-to-third.

Ohtani ranks among the majors’ leaders in several hitting categories, including second in home runs through 14 days. He ranks first in OPS (1,073) and slugging percentage (.665), fourth in on-base percentage (.408), fifth in walks (75), sixth in RBI (84), sixth in hits (133), sixth in runs scored (91) and eighth in batting average (.305).

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