1.) Shohei Ohtani (1)
Spring Training what? New country who? Shohei Ohtani has continued to toss critics aside as he dominates the MLB. Coming off a start where he took a perfecto into the seventh inning, it didn’t seem like things could get better for Shohei Ohtani. However, somehow, it did.
No, he didn’t hit any home runs. No perfect games either. He didn’t even take the mound due to sub-freezing temperatures on Sunday. But this week reassured Angels fans, experts, and the entire baseball world that Ohtani’s three home run, one-hit shutout week was no fluke, and that the Japanese sensation is here to stay.
Ohtani only got twelve at-bats this week, but he made the most of each one. He had four hits for a .333 batting average while adding on two walks. He never sent a ball over the fence, but worked a triple and double into his week, showing absolute wheels (like, Mike Trout wheels) on his bases clearing triple.
While Ohtani has had an MVP level season so far, he is about to face his toughest test yet. Since his Sunday start was scratched, he’ll be facing off against the Boston Red Sox in what will be the biggest series in the entire MLB this week. The Angels and Red Sox have been the best teams in the American League so far, and Ohtani vs. David Price in the opener deserves national attention.
The LA Angels have been the epitome of team baseball this season, and Ohtani will get the call in what is the biggest test of the 2018 season so far for the Halos.