Shohei Ohtani’s second season in the majors is heading into the homestretch with the same question that’s been dogging him for months.
Where are the home runs?
Ohtani built a reputation as an exceptional power hitter on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year last year. The Angels’ two-way star belted 22 homers in 326 at-bats, in addition to an assortment of epic, scoreboard-reaching blasts in batting practice.
This year? Not so much.
Ohtani has hit 16 homers in 353 at-bats, including just one in his last 107 at-bats and just two since the All-Star break.
Ohtani is still hitting the ball just as hard. His average exit velocity this year is identical to last year’s 92.6 mph, which ranks in the top 4 percent in the league.