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Juan Soto, ‘batting .346 in May,’ is the rebirth of a genius hitter

The genius hitter is back.

Juan Soto (San Diego) hit a game-winning two-run안전놀이터 shot in the first inning of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., on Sunday.

Soto hit a full-count, six-pitch cutter off Yankees starter Randy Vasquez in the top of the fifth inning. It was his 10th home run of the season. It was Soto’s sixth straight season with double-digit home runs.

Soto’s momentum in May has been frightening. In 22 games in May, he’s batting .346 with a 1.164 OPS. He’s drawn 21 walks while striking out just 17. He’s come back from the dead.

Soto left the Washington Nationals to don a San Diego uniform on August 3 of last year. The Padres bled a lot of money to get Soto. However, his performance last year was disappointing. He batted just .236 in 52 games with San Diego. His on-base percentage dropped to .390. It was a disappointing performance.

This season also started off poorly. In the month of April, he batted just .217. The leadoff hitter was still there, but his bat just wasn’t clicking. There was a lot of criticism directed at Soto.

But in May, he got back on track. Soto has been hailed as a genius hitter since his major league debut in 2018. He was said to have long-range power with excellent vision. He helped lead Washington to a World Series title in 2019, which boosted his stock.

After breaking out of his slump, Soto has come into his own in May.

Meanwhile, San Diego jumped out to a 5-1 win in the first game of a three-game series against the Yankees.

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