It can be said that the difference in the team situation as to whether the entire team keeps high motivation with the rival Guerrero Jr. also influences the momentum of the home run.
Only two weeks ago, Otani was in the lead by five behind Guerrero Jr.
However, Guerrero Jr. mass-produced home runs at an astonishing pace of nine in 15 games from the 30th of last month.
Otani, who had three in the same period, was pulled out at once.
There are several reasons why Otani’s home run pace has been declining recently.
The main reason is that there are more situations where the game is avoided, such as the batting condition is declining due to the opponent’s mark becoming stricter than before, and the number of avoidances has risen to the top 12 in the league.
Apart from that, Otani said at a press conference after the match on the 3rd that the fight at the end of the season would be “a month in which it is difficult to maintain high motivation.”
The Angels are currently desperate to advance to the playoffs with 4th place in the western part of the American League, and are already fighting for next season with many young players.
On the other hand, the Blue Jays, to which Guerrero Jr. belongs, continue to fight fiercely for the playoffs with the Red Sox and the Yankees in the eastern part of the American League, which is a lineup of powerful players. I’m showing a good advance.
It can be said that this difference in the team’s situation as to whether the entire team keeps motivation is also affecting the momentum of the two home runs.
Regarding the fierce home run king battle with rivals, Otani said at a press conference after the game on the 10th, “I personally want to do it while being conscious, and I want to do it so as not to lose because it is stimulating. Of course I want to take (title) I have a feeling, “he said, and he is fully motivated.
Three weeks left until the end of the regular season.
For Otani, who has lost his big goal as a team, the key is how much he can inspire himself and keep his motivation high.