Twitter reacts to Shohei Ohtani's otherworldly performance

10 April, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Angels' designated hitter Shohei Ohtani homered for the third straight game on Friday night

After allowing a single to Marcus Semien to end his ideal game, Ohtani faced slugger Matt Olson with two runners on and two outs.

Through Shohei Ohtani's first couple of weeks with the Los Angeles Angels, those Babe Ruth comparisons have more than held up.

Ohtani's 1-0 on the mound after picking up a win in his first career start, and he's on fire as a DH, with homers in his last three games.

Marlins 6, Phillies 3 • In Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs - two earned - and three hits while striking out five. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too. Ohtani is an Asian baseball player - just like how I am an Asian-American baseball fan - and he is not just trying to dominate this league. He gave up five hits and one walk while striking out three. How can I pass on that when it's got an underdog price tag?

Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice during the latest feat in a series of early-season superlatives by the 23-year-old Japanese prodigy. That run came after Triggs walked the first three batters of the game on May 10 in Oakland, but he came back to pitch six innings in the 3-1 win. Ohtani did not record any Major League pitching stats last season.

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Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh win in nine games.

Los Angeles (+110) is coming into this one as the underdog to Oakland (-130) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this day game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over).

Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will get the nod for Oakland. There isn't such a tab for Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees poster-child and AL MVP runner-up a year ago, or even Mike Trout, the two time MVP who is projected to finish in the top 10 Wins Above Replacement ratings of all time when he's done.

There will be no ideal game for Shohei Ohtani today. First baseman Matt Olson could not scoop it, allowing two runs to score and tie the game.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0 • In Milwaukee, Jose Quintana (1-1) threw three-hit ball over six innings, Ben Zobrist homered and Chicago finished 5-4 on its longest opening trip since going 7-5 in 1899. Trailing 6-0 to Oakland in the second, Ohtani got the scoring started. Following Brandon Belt's sixth-inning RBI double and Chase Utley's game-tying solo shot in the seventh, neither team added to their totals for the next six straight innings. Home runs in back-to-back games for Ohtani! The 52-degree temperature with the open roof for the first pitch was the coolest in Minute Maid Park's history, beating 57 degrees, on April 8, 2007.

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