But he can still rake and make a solid case for another AL MVP Award.
Last night, he and Aaron Judge, the top two MVP candidates in the American League, traded home runs.
Ohtani’s home run was a two-run shot that put the Halos in front to stay as they held off the New York Yankees.
In an interesting little twist, that home run was No. 29 of the season, which came on the 29th of August, in the Halos’ 129th game of the season.
Shohei hit his 29th home run of the season on the 29th August, in the @Angels' 129th game of the season
— MLB Europe (@MLBEurope) August 30, 2022
Ohtani All About Symmetry
How’s that for a little symmetry?
Home run No. 29 on the 29th of August in Game No. 129 of the season?
It also helped Ohtani strengthen his MVP case a little.
Will it be enough to prevent Judge from winning the award this season?
But if Judge wasn’t on such a tear, then Ohtani might easily be the favorite to repeat as the MVP in the American League.
It’s clear that Ohtani is all about symmetry here.
It’s poetic in a way.
Ohtani picked the absolute perfect time to hit home run No. 29 on the season.
He may not reach 46 dingers like he did last season, but he at least managed to make No. 29 for this year poetic, doing it at the perfect time, on the perfect day, and in the perfect game.
There are always omens and signs in life, and baseball is no different.
Ohtani made sure to hit his 29th home run in style and save it for the perfect occasion.