Shohei Ohtani could have hilariously ruined rival Mariners’ playoff chances

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /

Shohei Ohtani pitched on Sunday for the LA Angels, and was lights out…as always.

Unfortunately, he can’t get back out there for a 24th start, but if everything went as planned, he would have had a chance to start on Sunday. While many fans may not realize it, Sunday actually is a pretty important game in Major League Baseball.

We may be out of playoff contention, but the team we’re playing against sure isn’t.

The M’s wouldn’t make the playoffs if they needed a win in Game 162 vs. Shohei Ohtani on the mound for the Angels.

The Seattle Mariners have literally nothing on LA Angels Ace Shohei Ohtani.

They hit against him twice this year, and couldn’t touch him.

It wasn’t just Sunday when he threw seven innings of one-run ball while allowing five hits and literally no walks. His first start against the Mariners this year was on June 4th, and the M’s really embarrassed themselves then too.

He went six innings, gave up just two runs, four hits, and once again walked nobody. He literally had 10 strikeouts in each start against the Mariners.

They don’t even have good at-bats against ShoTime. In that first start, he only needed 76 pitches to retire 18 batters and only give up two runs in the process.

This would have been hilarious. An Angels team who’s whole squad is injured goes up to a Mariners team who’s finally going to make the playoffs after a 20 year drought, and extends that drought.

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I’d love to see it still happen, if we can do it without Ohtani on the bump. Let’s play spoiler. Let’s make a statement and show the Mariners and the rest of this AL playoff picture that we’ll be right there next year.