Shohei Ohtani nears cycle, reminds us of his dominance
By Evan Desai
Shohei Ohtani amazed us once again, because that’s what the LA Angels‘ superstar DH/SP does.
Ohtani launched a home run, smoked a triple, and smacked a double on Sunday’s series finale vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. Oh, he also stole his 11th base of the season too.
It’s not even just that he’s putting on an incredible ‘Sho’ for Angels fans, but he’s also taken over the league while he’s been at it.
Shohei Ohtani of our LA Angels leads the Majors in extra base hits.
Shohei Ohtani’s three extra base hit performance on Sunday has him at 46 extra base hits.
His slugging percentage shot up to .668, which is third in the MLB. At 25 home runs, he’s now just one home run away from the Major League lead, and he’s third in RBI with 59.
To be near or at the top of these categories while sporting a 2.58 ERA on the mound is the best story in the league right now.
He’s also in the top three of OPS with 1.031, and has eight more stolen bases than the next closest Angel.
Ohtani absolutely carried the Halos yesterday. His double took the lead in the sixth inning, his triple in the seventh regained the lead, and his homer in the ninth proved to be the dagger in the end.
If the Angels didn’t have Ohtani, they would’ve been swept. They’d also be in contention for the worst record in the Majors without Ohtani.
He proved how much of an impact he had on this team vs. a great Rays team. This is the fastest any Angel has ever made it to 25 home runs in a season. It only took 77 team games to get there.
Ohtani continues to make history, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time.
To put up the numbers he has on offense, while also pitching at an elite level, and playing defense proves that Ohtani is without a doubt the Most Valuable Player of the American League so far this season.
Not only does Ohtani have a 3.2 fWAR this season on offense, but he also has a 1.3 fWAR on the mound.
He’s seventh in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.44, and is 19th in ERA.
He’s already throwing great on the mound, and his bat continues to impress.
Sunday was no exception, as he continued to add to his statistical resume yet again with his incredible performance.