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‘WBC RBI’ Yoshida, batting average of 0.182 in April was sluggish…until hamstring injury

Japanese big leaguer Yoshida Masataga (30), who had a hot spring, lost momentum. I’m not in good shape either. 

American sports media ESPN reported on the 13th (Korean time), “Yoshida will not participate in the Tampa Bay race due to right hamstring pain.” This is his second absence this season following the game against the Detroit Tigers on the 10th, which was for a break. Boston coach Alex Cora said he would decide whether or not to play after seeing Yoshida’s physical condition in the next game. 

Yoshida is a player who led Japan to win the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March with a batting average of 0.409 and 13 RBIs. His RBI portion was first.메이저사이트
He is a long-distance hitter who has won the batting title twice in the Japanese league. Last winter, he signed a contract with Boston for a total of 90 million dollars for 5 years and is making his big league debut this season. In the opening match against the Baltimore Orioles on the 31st of last month, he hit 4 times and recorded 2 hits, raising expectations. In the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 4th, he hit the first home run that overflowed the ‘Green Monster’ at his home stadium (Fanway Park). 

However, Yoshida’s batting pace dropped sharply after that. He went 0-for-4 against Pittsburgh on the 5th and 6th, and seemed to be rebounding with two hits against Detroit on the 7th, but was sluggish again with 1-at-9 in 3 games. His season batting average fell to 0.216. His last 7 games are 0.167. 

In this situation, even injuries occurred. The post-war relationship is not well known, but it is true that the good feeling of hitting that has continued since the WBC has been broken. 

Seiya Suzuki, a Japanese hitter for the Chicago Cubs who debuted in the big leagues in the 2022 season, also caused a sensation with a batting average of 0.429, 4 homers and 11 RBIs in the first 10 games, but struggled with a batting average of 0.211 during the month of May. The final performance of the 2022 season was a batting average of 0.262 and 14 homers. 

It is difficult to determine the superiority and inferiority of Suzuki and Yoshida in terms of performance in the Japanese league. Both players were evaluated as batters with both contact ability and slugging power. Suzuki was evaluated as the Cubs’ key player this season, but is currently undergoing rehabilitation from an injury. He still couldn’t change the perception that ‘the chances of success for Asian outfielders are low’. Yoshida’s first crisis came faster than Suzuki’s. 

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