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3 LA Angels starting pitchers who will be negatively affected by the lockout

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Sep 19, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels
Sep 19, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels
Sep 19, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 LA Angels starting pitcher who will be negatively affected by the lockout: Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is in a similar boat with Sandoval, and any pitcher with the LA Angels, in that doing his offseason workout this offseason comes with complications. However, routine is especially important when it comes to being a two-way player--especially one who does it as well as ShoTime.

It takes a lot to be in the proper shape to be a two-way player, and a lot of body and technique maintenance. If there's anybody who can do it, it's of course Ohtani, but this will certainly be a challenge for him. He took on one of the heaviest workloads anyone ever has in the history of the game in 2021.

Not only was he both a full-time DH and even led his team in starts on the mound and innings pitched, but he also played in the outfield after seven of those starts on the mound. The thing about Ohtani is that he's really a three-way player, and not a two-way player. Staying in that type of shape is of course going to be tougher for someone when they are locked out of the organization.

And it's also true that he had a career-worst year in 2020, the last time there was a shortened season and altered offseason. Don't expect that at all, but just remember that this lockout is an even bigger challenge for Ohtani than it is for most players.

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