The Shohei Ohtani show moved to the mound Wednesday night within the Bronx. The l. a. Angels two-way star slugged three home runs within the first two games of his team’s series with the NY Yankees, giving him an MLB-best 28 long balls. Ohtani’s performance as a pitcher at Yankee Stadium didn’t go nearly also like his performance at the plate. The Yankees tagged Ohtani for seven runs within the first inning Wednesday night (GameTracker), capitalizing on four walks and successful batsmen. Ohtani threw 41 pitches and only 20 strikes. He was pulled after facing nine batters and recording two outs. As they’ve done several times this season, the Angels forfeited the DH and let Ohtani hit for himself Wednesday. He batted leadoff and flew bent to begin the sport .
it had been not the primary time he’s had an at-bat before taking the mound during a game this year, so it wasn’t an unfamiliar routine. Ohtani exited the game, leaving the Angels with the pitcher’s spot atop the lineup. Wednesday was Ohtani’s 24th career MLB start and therefore the seven runs are a career-high. it is the second time he’s did not make it out of the primary inning, joining his first start back from Tommy John surgery last year, when he allowed five runs and didn’t retire a batter. Wednesday’s disaster outing raised Ohtani’s season ERA from 2.58 to 3.60. Control problems hampered Ohtani earlier this season. He walked 19 batters in his first four starts and 18 2/3 innings, then settled down and walked only 12 batters in his next seven starts and 40 2/3 innings. Wednesday’s outing may be a step back and a red flag, though I feel it’s too early to sound the alarms. One start doesn’t constitute a trend. Bad days happen.
The good news: Ohtani touched 99 mph together with his fastball and sat 95 mph Wednesday, so he appeared healthy. He just couldn’t locate in the least. there’s a wave in NY and tv cameras showed him standing ahead of the dugout air conditioning before going bent the mound, so perhaps he was uncomfortable within the heat. Ohtani, 26, took an MLB leading 5.7 WAR into Wednesday’s game. he’s the leading candidate to start out at DH within the All-Star Game and will dig in the sport also. MLB should do everything in its power to form that happen, albeit it means bending the principles.