However, now that one of the greatest sporting weeks of the year is in the books and the playoffs are just kicking off, it would be a crime against sports if we didn't pause and just re-visit Shoehi Ohtani's first week in the majors. He started five games for the Angels last season and was 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. "I am all real". On a 2-2 count, Tomlin left a curveball in the zone and Ohtani turned and launched in 397 ft to right-center field.
"I was aiming to drive in more runs so I'm glad I did", Ohtani said.
Williams (3-0) was a bit better than Kyle Hendricks (0-1) in what began as a pitchers' duel following Chicago's 13-5 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Lucas Duda responded by getting the hit that would lead to the only run for the Royals when he singled in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to stop the Angels from claiming their fifth straight win.
Ohtani was inserted in the DH spot batting 8th again on Wednesday with a matchup against the 2017 AL Cy Young victor in Corey Kluber. In the National league, pitchers are required to hit, but are usually taken out of the lineup on days they are not starting.
In his second start, Ohtani blew everyone away.
Richards pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.
Also, Scioscia moved Ohtani up from the No. 8 to No. 7 spot.
Except the ball wouldn't be all Leo got, as Ohtani came back out and gave him a bat after all - complete with his name on it. This is practically unheard of in modern day professional baseball, as specialization has become the norm for most players.
Stay tuned this weekend to see how the Japanese star does in his third start of the year.
The Angels have won eight of their last nine games SU while the Royals have lost four of their last five SU. An exit velocity of 112.4 miles per hour sent that ball 449 ft to center field. Inherited runners-scored: Alvarez 1-0, Parker 2-0, Wood 1-0, Flynn 2-0.
He pitched well in his last start, but didn't last that long, throwing only 4.1 innings overall despite just allowing one earned run.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Oh, boy, did he put on a Sho-w (Pun Intended). "You kind of knew that". He then walked Jed Lowrie on 4 pitches. Gallagher struck out and Abraham Almonte grounded out to strand the runners. He threw the splitter 34 times and got a swing and miss on nearly half of them.