Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, who won 15 victories in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) last year, will start the opening game for the second year in a row.
On the 17th (Korean time), ESPN, an American media메이저사이트, said, “Angels manager Phil Neville picked Ohtani as the starting pitcher for the opening game at a press conference held in Tampee, Arizona, USA during spring training.” Ohtani will be the Opening Day starter for the second year in a row.
Attention is focusing on whether Ohtani will be able to overcome his disappointment last year and be named the winning pitcher for the opening game. Ohtani faced the Houston Astros in last year’s opener, striking out nine in 4 2/3 innings. However, he gave up 4 hits and 1 run, becoming the losing pitcher. Ohtani, who was dropped as the Opening Day starter, is scheduled to take the mound against the Oakland Athletics on March 31.
This is the first time since 2016 that the Angels club has been a starting pitcher for the opening game for two consecutive years. From 2010 to 2015, Jared Weaver was the Opening Day starter.