During Spring Training it did not appear that Shohei Ohtani was going to have the impact he currently is having. An incredibly low batting average and ERA that was not the envy of anyone caused some concerns to appear. Well it is good thing that Spring Training means absolutely nothing. Ohtani has dominated on the mound and has hit bombs when at the plate. The Japanese Babe Ruth is certainly taking the baseball world by storm.
Shohei Ohtani on the mound
Ohtani has only pitched two games in the major leagues but is appears he is more than ready to face MLB hitters. With a 2-0 record to start the season, the Angels are in good shape with Ohtani in their rotation.
In his first outing Ohtani went six innings, allowed three hits and three earned runs. Ohtani also struck six while walking one. This is an incredible debut for the Angels pitcher.
During his second start Ohtani carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before losing it on a single by Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien. Ohtani would finish the seventh inning before being relieved. In seven innings Ohtani allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 12.
It is more than apparent that Ohtani is absolutely ready to be reliable staring pitcher in the Angels rotation.
Shohei Ohtani at the plate
This aspect of his game is why a lot of fans were excited about Ohtani. Not only can he make opposing hitters look like fools at the dish, Ohtani can take opposing pitchers deep.
In four games Ohtani is slashing .389/.421/.889 with a 1.310 OPS. Out of Ohtani’s seven hits this season, three of them went for home runs. Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin were the victims of Ohtani hitting the longball in what turned out to be Angels victories.
It appears that Ohtani will only be a designated hitter for the Angels. Things could change but the plan as of now is for him to not play in the field. This strategy allows the Angels to manage his workload on the mound and ensure he does not get hurt while batting. With his potential it is best to avoid any unnecessary injuries.
Eventually his batting numbers will go down, but depending on how often he gets to hit it might not go down as quickly as some may assume. With a presumed low amount of at-bats during the season, Ohtani might not experience the traditional ups and downs through a season.
Shohei Ohtani is exciting to watch
Whether a viewer is a fan of the Angels or not watching Ohtani on the mound or at the plate is exciting. Ohtani is just as likely to strike someone out as he is to go yard. Simply put Ohtani has become must watch television. The Japanese Babe Ruth may be for real and it is best not to miss such a once in a lifetime player play the game of baseball.