If you go to the finals, ‘two batting jobs’?… Ohtani’s motivation “I want to pitch in the bullpen”
Shohei Ohtani, the “batting monster” of the Japanese baseball team, expressed his desire to pitch in the bullpen for the final.
Japan will play the semifinal against Mexico at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) at Londipor Park in Miami, Florida, USA at 8:00 am (Korean time) on the 21st. Ohtani, who had been training before the match against Mexico, said, “I want to prepare for the final, of course.”
Ohtani is leading Japan’s winning streak by making a big success throughout this tournament. In the first match against China on the 9th, he started and pitched 4 scoreless innings and became the winning pitcher. He was selected as MVP of Group B in the 1st round. 카지노사이트
And starting against Italy, he recorded 4 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 2 runs in 4⅔ innings.
As he started in the match against Italy, he is expected to focus on batting in the match against Mexico.
In an interview with Japanese media such as ‘Sports Hochi’, Ohtani said that it was difficult to pitch against Mexico due to the pitching interval, and predicted, “I think it will be a game that can be won without fail if there are enough pitchers to throw and just go to the checkout.”
If Japan beats Mexico, it will beat Cuba and meet the United States, which confirmed its advance to the finals first. Asked if he is open to throwing at least 1% as a pitcher in the remaining games, Ohtani said, “It will be difficult as a starter, but I want to prepare with the bullpen. I just have to look at my physical condition.”
Ohtani added, “Until now, the Angels club has allowed me to do so in many ways. Since it is the last game, I want to decide the rest based on my physical condition.”