It seems like a planned play.
‘Dream Match’, ‘Face of the Century’. Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout finally meet as enemies. Japan and the United States are set to fight one-on-one for the world baseball throne.
In the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at Londipo Park in Miami, Florida on the 21st (Korean time), Japan advanced to the final by winning a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Mexico, a powerhouse in Central and South America, 6-5.
Japan tried to minimize the run by putting in Yamamoto Yoshinobu following starter Roki Sasaki, who allowed 3 runs, but allowed 2 runs again in the 8th inning when the score was 3-3, and seemed to kneel at the end.
At the end of the 8th inning suggested by MLB.com, the probability of Japan winning is 15.8%. However, in the bottom of the 9th inning, where they were trailing 4-5 and losing, the story of a great battle that started with a double by Ohtani in the middle of the right, gained momentum with a walk by Masataka Yoshida and ended with a finishing double by Munetaka Murakami. The WBC ending hit is 9th in his career, and the first in the semifinals.
The final will be held at the same place on the 22nd at 8:00 am. The big match between the two teams at the highest level, which will attract the attention of baseball fans around the world, can only be summarized as a confrontation between Ohtani, who eats a double job at LA Angels, and Trout, who is the strongest in existence.
MLB.com said, ‘This is the absolute, ultimate, perfect ending: Ohtani vs. Trout’ raised the mood with an article titled.
Let’s look at the history of both players. Starting with the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, Trout won the MVP three times in 2014, 2016, and 2019, and won 10 All-Stars and 9 Silver Sluggers in succession.
Ohtani occupied the major leagues in a short time, including the American League Rookie of the Year in 2018, unanimous MVP and Silver Slugger in 2021, and All-Star for two consecutive years. Last season, for the first time in history, he wrote the legend of ‘double swords’ by filling both at bats and innings at the same time.
The two players have never played together in the postseason. Trout’s last and only fall baseball was in 2014, so it goes without saying about Ohtani, who joined in 2018. MLB.com described them as “the two players the baseball world is dying to see together in the postseason.”
Both of them were to participate in the championship match, but they met the ironic fate of having to point their spears at each other. 온라인바카라
Right after the finalists were confirmed, Ohtani said, “America is full of superstars that everyone knows, from Mike Trout to the first through ninth hitters.” It happens,” he said, welcoming the historic match.
However, the confrontation between the two means that they have to meet as ‘pitcher and batter’. Ohtani expressed his intention early on that if he reached the final, he would pitch in as a relief. If so, a rare scene can be created where he appears as a designated hitter and then climbs the mound as a pitcher.
Ohtani played as a designated hitter in the Japan Series with the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2016 and had experience throwing as a finisher. He remembered, “I heard about it in the fifth inning at the time. He went to the bullpen when he wasn’t at the plate, warmed up, and when the plate came around, he went back to the dug out to get ready to hit.”