On Monday, in the first game of this series, he hit his Major League-leading 42nd home run on the year.
On Tuesday, he swiped two stolen bases and scored two runs. The craziest part about it was that second stolen base happening at the same exact time as that second run. Yes, that’s correct:
Shohei Ohtani stole home for the LA Angels.
Shohei Ohtani stole home in the bottom of the fifth inning on a delayed double-steal attempt with Phil Gosselin to stretch the LA Angels’ lead to four runs.
Baseball America recently surveyed MLB scouts, managers, and executives. They voted Ohtani as the ‘Fastest Baserunner’ in the American League. If you didn’t know why, you certainly do now.
Ohtani now has 22 stolen bags on the season. That’s tied for sixth in the Majors.
I don’t understand how this is even fair. How is the fastest baserunner in the Major Leagues also allowed to be 6’4″ and 210 pounds? How is he allowed to also be a top ten pitcher in the game?
There’s really no winning when pitching against ShoTime. If you walk him, he can use his speed to get over and then somehow steal home.
So then if you decide to pitch to him, he’ll just homer off of you. Guys who are leading the Majors in home runs really shouldn’t be able to run the bases the way Ohtani can, but here we are.
Ohtani is not only the MVP of the American League, but he’s also the most valuable player to the entire MLB. He’s been the best player in baseball by a landslide this year, and is having the greatest season of all time.