Shohei Ohtani receives second Player of the Week honor in three weeks

Shohei Ohtani, Jose Rojas, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, Jose Rojas, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Shohei Ohtani received the fourth AL Player of the Week award of his career last week.

This is the second time in three weeks that Ohtani has received this recognition, and he’s deserved it yet again.

The Angels won five out of six last week, and couldn’t have done it without Ohtani.

Shohei Ohtani hit six home runs in six games last week for the LA Angels.

Shohei Ohtani also drove in eight runs for the LA Angels last week.

People are beginning to wonder why teams are even choosing to pitch to Ohtani.

I certainly don’t get it, as it’s now been half of a season and pitchers still can’t figure Shohei out.

I kind of like that pitchers are fools and keep throwing to him, though, as Ohtani somehow had a 1.543 OPS last week. I say ‘somehow,’ but in reality, us Angels fans aren’t at all surprised.

He’s been doing this all season. After the week ended, Ohtani not only claimed 31 home runs, which is the most in the league, but he also had driven in 67 RBI. That’s only four behind the MLB’s RBI leader, Rafael Devers.

Ohtani is driving in this amount of runs while hitting primarily in the two spot. Imagine if he was hitting in the middle of the lineup. His RBI number would be insane.

He’s only .003 points away from the Major League slugging percentage lead, as he has a .695 slugging percentage. His OPS was raised to 1.058, which is third in baseball.

Ohtani is the current MVP of the AL, and the best part about this award was that it was awarded only for his offense. Ohtani did pitch last week, but didn’t have the best outing.

If Ohtani can hit like this while also looking like his best self on the mound, the league might as well name the AL Player of the Week award after Ohtani.

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He’ll win it every time.