“He is the hottest hitter.”
Masataka Yoshida signed a five-year, $90 million (approximately 119.2 billion won) contract with the Boston Red Sox ahead of this season. He participated in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) as the Japanese national team and played an active role with 9 hits, 2 homers, 13 RBIs, 5 runs batting average of 0.409 OPS 1.258. He contributed to Japan’s victory by setting a new record for the most RBIs in a single tournament.
However,메이저놀이터 Yoshida suffered a slump at the beginning of the season. He marked a batting average of 0.167 OPS and 0.560 before the Minnesota Twins on April 19 (Korean time). However, it has since rebounded successfully. He had a 14-game hitting streak after hitting a multi-hit game against Minnesota on the 21st.
In the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Toronto Blue Jays held on the 5th at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Yoshida started as the second batter in left field and made a big success with 3 hits in 5 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs and 3 runs, leading the team’s 11 points. -5 led to victory.
In the bottom of the first inning, with no runners on one out, Yoshida hit Toronto starter Kevin Gaussman’s first pitch and crossed the center fence. This is season 6 home run. Then, at the end of the 2nd inning, with 2 runners on 3rd base, I came out for the second time at bat and hit a timely hit with 1 RBI.
At the bottom of the 4th inning, the game was completed with 3 RBIs with a timely hit in front of the left fielder from the third base scoring opportunity with a safe runner. Then, in the bottom of the 5th and 8th innings, in both at-bats, he retired with a ground ball to end the game.
Yoshida, who succeeded in rebounding, recorded 33 hits, 6 homers, 24 RBIs, 21 runs, a batting average of 0.317, and an OPS of 0.948. He ranked tied for seventh in the American League in RBI, seventh in batting average, and eighth in OPS.
Thomas Carrieri of Lost in Boston Sports, a Boston magazine in the US, said on social media (SNS), “Yoshida is currently the hottest hitter on the planet. He has a 14-game hitting streak.”