This is the number of wins that six Japanese pitchers achieved in the major leagues in the first half.
Shohei Ohtani (29), the “superhero” of the Los Angeles Angels, recorded a batting average of 1.899, ranking first in both leagues. Shintaro Fujinami (29) of the Oakland Athletics, who suffered greatly in the beginning of his debut season, rebounded by posting an ERA of 2.93 and 4 wins and 2 losses in his last 15 games. Senga Godai (30) of the New York Mets, who started his major league challenge, is second on the team in most wins.
There are six Japanese pitchers active in the major leagues this year, including Otani, Fujinami, and Senga, as well as Yu Darvish (36, San Diego Padres), Yusei Kikuchi (32, Toronto Blue Jays), and Kenta Maeda (35, Minnesota Twins). Except for Fujinami, who started as a starting pitcher and moved to the bullpen, five players are pitching as starting pitchers.
They appeared in 104 games in the first half and threw a total of 356⅓ innings, recording 33 wins, 30 losses and 2 holds.
Although the impact is inferior to Ohtani, the “batter,” who is running first in home runs in both leagues, Ohtani, the “pitcher,” is also powerful. As a starter in 17 games, he went 7-4 with an ERA of 3.32 and 132 strikeouts. He played 100⅓ innings, the most among six players, while both pitcher and hitter. American League tied for 12th in wins and earned run average
He is 13th in strikeouts and 3rd in strikeouts.
The batting average was 108.9 li. It is the top of both leagues. Ohtani and Tyler Wells (1093, Baltimore Orioles) are the only two pitchers with a batting average in the 10% range.
Fujinami, who was ridiculed for being battered in almost every game last April. He pitched with one out in the 8th inning against the Boston Red Sox in the 10th, ending the inning scoreless. He batted two batters with five pitches from one out and second base. Scoreless in the last 6 games in a row.
After an adaptation period from April to May, he found stability from June. He posted a 3.97 earned run average in June, which is 0.00 in four games in July. Local media in the U.S. predicts that Fujinami is likely to be the finisher in the second half.
Fujinami appeared in 31 games (7 starts) and threw a total of 45 innings. He is 5-7 with a 9.00 earned run average.안전놀이터추천
Senga, who played as an ace for the Softbank Hawks, signed a five-year contract with the New York Mets for $75 million. The ‘overpay’ controversy was quickly dispelled. He went 7-5 with a 3.31 earned run average and 113 strikeouts in 16 games. He has the second most victories on the team after Max Scherzer. With his main weapon, the ‘Ghost Pokeball’, he ranked 9th in strikeouts in the National League.
Darvish, who led Japan to win the WBC (World Baseball Classic) with Ohtani, is struggling unevenly.
He went 5-6 with a 4.87 earned run average in 15 games. On May 29, he gave up 7 runs in 2⅓ innings against the New York Yankees, and on June 4, he pitched 7 scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs. In his last 3 matches, he has 2 losses without a win. It is definitely more stable than before.
After returning from elbow surgery, Maeda is 2-5 in 7 games with an ERA of 5.18, and Kikuchi is 7 in 18 games.
He recorded 3 wins and 4.24 losses. Kikuchi gave up 22 homers, the most in both leagues.
Kikuchi is one win away from his record for most wins in a major league season.