The Angels were very happy to get Shohei Ohtani back on the mound after a 16 day absence due to a blister issue on his pitching hand. His night was wild, but yet effective.
Ohtani stranded seven men on the base paths twice working out of bases-loaded jams in four innings of work. He threw 80 pitches in four innings, with 43 balls and 37 strikes while walking six batters and striking out seven Rangers. Ohtani also allowed just one hit.
Ohtani, while not as his best, is still very dominant and when he gets right with no blisters or any other ailments. He still has the potential to be an All-Star and so far this season, the numbers speak for themselves.
Angels: Shohei Ohtani is impacting games in more ways than one.
On the mound Ohtani does not have a decision, but in 8.2 innings of work he has allowed just three hits and one earned run and has struck out 14 batters. His only issue is his command with 11 walks during those 8.2 innings of work.
At the plate Ohtani has been even more of a force so far as he is hitting .310 with five home runs and 13 RBI. His OPS is 1.044 with 12 runs scored and two steals.
His speed is one of the best on the team and it has helped Ohtani multiple times already this season including scoring the go-ahead run in a 7-6 Angels comeback victory against Houston on April 5.
Just like one of MLB’s best players, Mike Trout, Ohtani can affect the game in many areas.