LA Angels: 3 discouraging signs from Houston Astros series

Jo Adell, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1 discouraging sign for the LA Angels from the Houston Astros series: Shohei Ohtani is human after all

I recently did a TV interview with this Japanese media outlet about Shohei Ohtani.

In the interview, I said that “Shohei Ohtani is a superhero. He’s not a human; he’s a superhero.”

I wasn’t all that wrong, but I was proven a little bit wrong on Friday, where Ohtani very uncharacteristically struggled on the mound.

Entering Friday, Ohtani had posted a 6-0 record since the start of July with a 2.25 ERA and had surrendered just six walks and a .201 batting average.

On Friday, he went 3.1 innings, and gave up nine hits and six earned runs. He still didn’t walk anybody, so that was great, but a lot of guys were hitting off of him.

Ohtani is still a top five pitcher in the American League, but his start on Friday proved that he is capable of having a bad day, which we really haven’t seen much from him these days.

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He’s still the AL MVP. Don’t worry about that. The team needs to step up in these last few weeks, however, to get potential free agents wanting to play with more than just our two MVPs, however.