Well, that was a first for the Angels today. There was another much more notable first that happened today as well, and it means a bit more to MLB history than that individual accomplishment:
Never has a DH been available to both teams, and the AL team has passed while the NL team feels thankful to be able to take advantage of it. But, when Shohei Ohtani’s on a team, a lot of unusual lines get added to the baseball history book.
Shohei Ohtani adds to his historic season, providing the LA Angels with no reason to bat a DH.
Shohei Ohtani’s too good of a hitter to not have him bat for the LA Angels. Entering today, he posted a line of .269/.355/.640 while tied for the league lead with 23 homers, and has driven in 54 runs.
It was the obvious choice, and Joe Maddon made it.
I like the way Maddon put it. Who would be better to do this than Ohtani?
Also, the Angels are also a bit shorthanded right now as far as bats are concerned. They had to start Luis Rengifo in right field in place of the red-hot Justin Upton, who is dealing with some lower back tightness.
The Angels were set to miss J-Up’s bat, so they needed to ask a bit more of Ohtani.
He’s always up for the challenge, however, and was certainly up for it today.