The reigning American League MVP, Shohei Ohtani seems to be living up to each bit of his hype as he once again led the Los Angeles Angels to a victory, almost single-handedly over the Kansas City Royals. Moreover, ‘Shotime’ retired 16 straight Royals and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced, giving just two base hits over a staggering tally of eight innings on Wednesday. This surely went on to impress many, one of which was former Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
In the process, Shohei Ohtani went on to register career-high 13 batter strikes. On the other hand, while matching the longest start of his major career, he allowed just one baserunner over his seven innings. Furthermore, the 27-year-old talisman also had a single and two walks at the plate in his most recent and arguably one of the most electrifying two-way performances witnessed in the 2022 season.
“I think the biggest thing was putting up that zero in the first inning after giving up those first two hits,” Shohei Ohtani said. “I was able to do that, and it set the tone for the game. I wanted to go as long as I could, but I wasn’t really thinking about the pitch count early in the game.”
Shohei Ohtani grabs center stage in Angels latest triumph over Royals
When inquired about the performance of Ohtani to ex-Yankees ace CC Sabathia, he simply could not stop gushing while stating, “2 HRs and 8 RBIs one night…13 Ks and 2 hits allowed the next night with a W…Shohei Ohtani is ridiculous!!!”
Shohei Ohtani has been able to not only show his best form but has also delivered on the biggest stage for Angels whenever they have required some leadership, in most cases. To be precise, in Ohtani’s most recent home start a couple of weeks ago, he pitched seven innings of one-run ball. As a result of which, he also homered in a victory that snapped the LA Angels’ franchise record of a 14-game skid.
His latest performance even managed to impress the opposition manager Mike Mathany. He said, “It’s a very unique repertoire of pitches. I don’t think you’re going to find as many guys with as many weapons as what we saw today. He was throwing three different sliders, plus a cutter and a curve. When the split started going, that’s when the strikeouts really started to happen, and he’s got 100 (mph) in the tank that he hardly ever showed.”