542.5 billion won baseball genius’ 4th MVP race to push out Otani
Mike Trout (31), the original baseball genius, is running the MVP race.
Trout started as the center fielder for the third batter in the “2022 Major League” Cleveland Guardians at Anaheim Angels Stadium in California on the 27th (Korea Standard Time) and led the team to a 4-1 victory with two hits in three at-bats, one walk and three RBIs. His batting average rose to 0.347.
Before the appearance of pitching and hitting star and teammate Shohei Otani (28), the baseball genius who occupied the Major League was Trout. Trout became popular as the best five-tool player in the big leagues, winning the American League MVP three times from 2014, 2016 and 2019. Before the game, he had a batting average of 0.305 (1,434 hits in 4,702 at-bats), 314 home runs, 821 RBIs and 203 steals in 1,301 games.
Trout was on a roll in March 2019, signing a 12-year $430 million contract with the Angels. However, due to his injury last year, he played only 36 games and swallowed his disappointment. In addition, Otani emerged as a new baseball genius last year and won the American League MVP. It was the moment when Trout, an unrivaled star in the Angels, lost the spotlight to Otani.
Trout has been racing since the beginning of this season. Before that day, he had a batting average of 0.326 (15 hits in 46 at-bats), 1.132 OPS, four home runs, and five RBIs in 13 games. It was a contrast to Ohtani’s batting average of 0.211 (15 hits in 71 at-bats), OPS 0.653, three home runs and nine RBIs in the past 17 games.
Trout continued to have a good batting sense on this day. In the bottom of the third inning with a 1-0 lead, he hit a two-run shot over the left and widened the distance to 3-0. It was the fifth gun of the season. It was the moment when he tied for third in the home run category of the American League.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ohtani got on base with a heavy hit after two outs, and Trout hit a timely double to left field to widen the distance 4-0.
Trout picked up a walk after one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and succeeded in getting on base again. The next batter, Jared Walsh, ran home when he hit a double over the middle, and Cleveland tagged out Trout at home with a clean relay play. It was a close game at home.
Otani relatively slowed down while Trout wielded a hard blow. As the second designated hitter, he scored one hit and one run in four at-bats, slightly raising his batting average to 0.213.