Once again, he showed a unique talent to dominate as a pitcher and as a hitter.
At the plate, he had a .273/.356/.519 line with 34 home runs, 90 runs scored, 95 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
His best work came from the mound, however, where he is a legitimate Cy Young candidate.
In 166 frames, Ohtani compiled a 2.33 ERA with 219 strikeouts and a 15-9 record.
That’s simply outstanding.
It’s safe to say his season, individually, was very good.
However, the Angels missed the season yet again and had a lousy 73-89 record, much worse than preseason expectations.
Upon arriving home, Ohtani discussed his performance and the Angels’ season.
Ohtani Wants To Compete, And The Angels Aren’t Particularly Competitive
He was very critical about the latter.
“Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani arrived home on Tuesday and was critical of his Los Angeles Angels team missing the MLB playoffs again. “I have a rather negative impression of this season,” he said. Ohtani can become a free agent after next season,” AP Sports tweeted.
Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani arrived home on Tuesday and was critical of his Los Angeles Angels team missing the MLB playoffs again.
"I have a rather negative impression of this season," he said.
Ohtani can become a free agent after next season.https://t.co/RYGERtF3Ph
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) October 18, 2022
At this point, the Angels are risking losing Ohtani for nothing once the 2023 season ends.
The best moment to trade him was at the deadline, but they decided to hold on to him even though their chances of making the playoffs were slim to none.
Now, they have lost leverage because the acquiring team will only have Ohtani for one postseason run as opposed to two.
He might sign an extension to stay with the Angels, but that’s looking unlikely.
He might want to win, and the Angels are simply not equipped to offer him that chance at the moment.