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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Praises Shohei Ohtani For Strong Performance Of Late

Shohei Ohtani is well on his way to winning his first National League Most Valuable Player award in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After hitting a 455-foot moonshot on Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels, he hit another on Saturday that went a projected 459 feet. He has now homered in three consecutive games and four out of his last five games. 

“It’s certainly the hottest I think we’ve seen him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Friday night’s 3-2 extra-inning loss. “Taking the walks in his first two at-bats and then getting a pitch he can handle to use the big part of the field like we’ve talked about and then again to line it up the middle, he’s playing really good baseball. Tonight we just couldn’t support him.”

Ohtani now has six 450-foot-plus homers this season, two more than any Dodger in a single season since Statcast began tracking in 2015. His four 450-foot homers in June also helped him become just the third player since 2015 to accomplish the feat, joining Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton, who both hit five in a month.

Since moving to the leadoff spot after an injury to Mookie Betts, Ohtani has become the hottest hitter in baseball. In the six games this week, Ohtani went 11-for-24 with four homers, 11 RBIs, six walks, and eight runs scored.

“[Ohtani] is leading the league in hitting, leading the league in home runs, he’s right there in runs driven in — it’s pretty special,” said Roberts after Saturday’s game. “The last few weeks, there just hasn’t been a player better.”

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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