‘Tired’ Ohtani delays start by a day, then unexpected big match?

The Los Angeles Angels decided to delay the start of Shohei Ohtani by a day.

Angels coach Phil Nevin said in an interview with local media such as the Orange Count Register on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time), “The three-game start against the Cubs was in the order of Tyler Anderson, Jaime Barria, and Reed Detmus. Ohtani played the first game of the three-game series against Seattle. appearing in,” he said.먹튀검증

The Angels will have three home games against the Chicago Cubs on the 7th and 9th, and three home games against the Seattle Mariners on the 10th and 12th. Ohtani originally planned to start against Seattle on the 10th, one day after the 9th.

It is the first game in 7 days since the appearance against the Houston Astros on the 3rd. Ohtani made 10 appearances after a 5-day break this year, and 1 appearance after a 3-day break. This is his first appearance after a six-day break.

Giving Ohtani an extra day of rest is part of stamina arrangement. This is because Ohtani, who adopted the rotation for the first time since his major league debut this year, takes a 5-day break and pitches on the 6th day, has more pitching innings than in previous years, and has recently pitched poorly.

As Ohtani took another day off, he faced one opponent’s ace after another. AP Yonhap News

Luis Castillo has been playing as the team’s ace this season. AP Yonhap News
Until last year, Ohtani pitched once in every six games. This year, the pitching interval was changed from the game standard to the rest day standard, and it is so frequent. Ohtani, who threw 71 innings in 12 games, is expected to throw more than 180 innings this year if he maintains his current pace. He set a career high with 166 innings last year.

Manager Nevin explained, “Ohtani is experiencing something he hasn’t had before this year. He thought he needed to give him another day off.”

As a result, Ohtani’s number of appearances in the first half was reduced by one. In the original rotation, the first appearance against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 9, the end of the first half, was the last appearance of the first half, but now, July 4 against the San Diego Padres will be the last appearance of the first half.

The Orange County Registrar said, “By delaying Ohtani’s start for a day, he lost one start in the first half. This will give him enough rest before the second half.”

However, with this rotation adjustment, Ohtani has to face the burden of facing strong starting pitchers one after another.

First of all, the starting opponent to meet when starting against Seattle on the 10th is Luis Castillo. He pitched 70⅔innings in 12 games this season, recording 4 wins and 3 losses, a 2.55 ERA, 82 strikeouts, a 0.98 WHIP, and a 0.203 batting average. It is 7th in the AL ERA, and 6th in strikeouts, WHIP, and batting average. He is, of course, Seattle’s imposing ace.

Nathan Ivaldi is the only pitcher with two complete pitches this year. AP Yonhap News
And the next pitch against the Texas Rangers on the 16th is Nathan Ibaldi, who has emerged as a strong candidate for the AL Cy Young Award. He has pitched 80⅓ innings in 12 games and is recording 8 wins and 2 losses, an ERA of 2.24, 77 strikeouts, a WHIP of 0.93, and a batting average of 0.213. They are tied for first place in AL wins, first in innings pitched, fifth in ERA, 10th in strikeouts, second in WHIP, and 12th in batting average. He was notably the only major league pitcher to have two complete pitches.

Ohtani ranks lower than them in other categories, except for strikeout and hit rate.

From the fans’ point of view, it is like watching the big match between Ohtani and Cy Young-class pitchers twice in a row.