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LA Angels: Shohei Ohtani’s two-way abilities can carry Halos into playoffs

By David Rice
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

If Ohtani is able to stay healthy all season and pitch and hit the way he has so far this month he will not only make the All-Star team, but he could be in the running for AL MVP.  More importantly Ohtani could be that X-Factor that gets the Angels over the hump and back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Shohei Ohtani adds to an already dangerous Angels lineup.

The Halos first six hitters in their line-up could be one of the best in baseball.  With David Fletcher setting the table, followed by Ohtani who can both get on base and also drive in runs. Follow him up Mike Trout and a healthy Anthony Rendon and I challenge you find a better from front four in all of baseball.

Then in the fifth and sixth spots you have a former All-Star who is finally healthy Justin Upton following Rendon and another potential All-Star in Jared Walsh and you can see why Angels fans have something to be excited about.

But the naysayers will always go back to the major issue that has plagued the Angels the last six seasons: Pitching