This day was bound to come for Shohei Ohtani.
On Friday, Ohtani took the mound, and was penciled in the lineup to hit second.
Shohei Ohtani is the first starting pitcher to hit in one of the top four spots of the batting lineup in an NL stadium since at least 1901.
The MLB found this insane Shohei Ohtani stat for Halo Hangout.
It feels like there’s a new stat that Ohtani introduces us to every game now. It feels like Ohtani does something insane every single day. In Friday’s case, he accomplished two historical feats.
That’s correct. His extra-base hits also made history on Friday.
Ohtani raked in the game offensively. He hit two doubles, and was robbed of a hit on a line drive he hit that smacked right off of Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly. Even when he was recorded out, he was hitting the ball hard.
Sending him to right field after he pitched to keep his bat in the game surely worked out.
He continues to prove that he’s been the best and most valuable player in the MLB this season.
When he pitches, you know something’s going to pop off. He’s either going to deal on the mound, deal on the mound and crush the baseball, or deal on the mound and crush the baseball and give us innings defensively.
Did I mention he can fly too?
Seriously though, he can. He leads the team with nine stolen bases.
Yes, you read that correctly…Our Ace leads the team with nine stolen bases.
Nobody can ever say enough about this guy. We’re winning more games now, too.
I’m beginning to like our chances for when Mike Trout gets back.