Shohei Ohtani: Difficult to be motivated in a difficult season


Things haven’t gone as planned for the Los Angeles Angels this season. They are 45-61, fourth in the AL West and 24 games out of first place. It’s a miserable place, admits superstar Shohei Ohtani.

“Staying motivated that way is tough,” Ohtani told the Los Angeles Times after a 3-1 loss to the A’s earlier this week.

Ohtani threw 5.2 two-run innings, but it wasn’t enough for the Angels. Their bats couldn’t start and Ohtani himself went 0 for 3.

“Individually, there are a lot of things I have to do,” he said. “But my life in baseball is going to go on for a while and no matter the circumstances, I would like to be focused in every game.”

Since those comments were made, the Angels have gone 1-1, including an 8-7 loss to Oakland in which they connected for seven solo homers. They barely managed to escape the Marines on Friday night, rebounding in the 10th inning after blowing a 4-0 lead in the ninth.

Nor should things get any easier for the angels. They traded starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, closest pitcher Raisel Iglesias and outfielder Brandon Marsh at the deadline.

“I encourage from the bottom of my heart the players who have left,” added Ohtani. “I would like them to be on good teams, get results and do their best in the playoffs.”

“As a player, it’s quite difficult to know that there is little chance that a win will play a role in your making the playoffs. But I think I would like to do what I have to do best. as I can,” he said.

The rest of the season is sure to be tough for Ohtani and his Angels teammates.




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