Just when you thought Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) had no competition in the major leagues, he doesn’t. Matt Olson (29-Atlanta Braves) is nipping at his heels.스포츠토토
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, released its power rankings on Aug. 18 (ET). Ohtani remained at the top of the list.
In 92 games this season, Ohtani is batting .306 with 42 home runs, 85 RBI, 17 doubles, and 92 runs scored. In particular, he leads the American League (AL) in home runs. His OPS of 1.071 also ranks first in the division.
He’s shown signs of fatigue lately, but the cannon keeps coming. He just hit his 42nd home run the day before.
CareerHigh is also looking at him and has reserved a spot for him as the team’s top hitter.
“Ohtani is closing in on the 46 home runs he hit in 2021, when he won MVP honors, and the Angels’ season record of 47 set by Troy Gloss in 2000,” the source said.
He could be the best hitter in the majors this season. But there’s someone who could threaten him.
It’s Olson. He’s a hard-hitting slugger who hit double-digit home runs in five straight years from 2017, his rookie year, to last year.
He cemented his future by signing an eight-year, $168 million extension with Atlanta in March of this year.
After hitting 29 homers in 89 games in the first half, Olson exploded in the second half.
August is scary. August isn’t over yet, but with seven arches in 16 games, he’s on pace for 43 homers on the season. He leads the National League (NL) and the entire major leagues in home runs.
He passed Ohtani for the lead.
As a result of his performance, Olson jumped two spots to No. 2 from No. 4 in our last hitter power rankings.
“Olson has overtaken Ohtani in the home run race with 43 homers and leads the majors with 107 RBIs, so it’s no surprise that his power ranking has risen,” the source said. He has 14 long balls in the second half and is on pace for 58 homers,” he said. “I think he can hit 60,” he added.
Even the Japanese archipelago is impressed with Olson’s performance.
“It’s a phenomenal chase. This is what a two-time major league champion does. This is the kind of hit that takes away votes from Ohtani.”