No. 2 statistic that shows why Shohei Ohtani should win AL MVP: His entire pitching stat line
So we already know how great Shohei Ohtani has been offensively and as a baserunner for the LA Angels, but just how great was he as a pitcher?
Well, he was elite. Ohtani finished with this stat line on the bump:
9-2 W-L record//3.18 ERA//1.090 WHIP//3 BB/9//10.8 K/9//.207 BAA
Listen, it’s hard to pitch in this league. Well, it’s actually not so bad because the pitchers don’t have to hit, right?
Wrong. There is one pitcher who had to hit, and that was Ohtani. Despite sacrificing his legs for offense, he still put up huge numbers as a pitcher.
Pitchers in the American League don’t even have to hit. Ohtani not only had to hit during the games he pitched in, but was so dominant offensively that he’s smoked 45 home runs, he’s driven in 99 runs, he’s scored 101 runs, he’s smacked eight triples, he’s gotten on base 37.1% of the time, and he’s recorded a .594 slugging percentage (.964 OPS).
The fact that people are even trying to make this a conversation is such a joke. The guy was literally both the starting DH and starting pitcher of the All-Star Game.