Shohei Ohtani proving doubters wrong in first month of season

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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Shohei Ohtani was the offseason darling courted by nearly every MLB before deciding to leave the Pacific Rim for an opportunity with the Los Angeles Angels. The likes of superstar Mike Trout coupled with Ohtani had Angels fans planning the parade in anticipation of a season of dominance. However, Ohtani struggled mightily in spring training getting shellacked on the bump and showing little encouragement with the stick. There was even whispers that Ohtani may start the season with the Angels Triple-A affiliate because of his poor spring showing. 

Hopefully, you didn’t bet against Ohtani and the halos at Betting Top 10 before the season starter because the two-way player has been lights out on the mound making short work of major league hitters in his first two regular-season appearances. Ohtani has an impressive 2.08 earned run average while fanning 18 in 13 innings of work. 

He has been just as impressive on the offensive side hitting .389 with three home runs and seven runs batted in while propelling his new team to an 8-3 record out of the gate to begin the 2018 campaign. Ohtani is the first player to hit three home runs between pitching starts since none other than Babe Ruth. Impressive to say the least. 

With Ohtani firing on all cylinders, the Angels have one of the best starting rotations in the majors with Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs joining forces with the rookie. It will more than likely be a two-horse race in the American League West as the Angels attempt to stay neck and neck with the World Series Champion Houston Astros for the long haul. They have the pieces on paper to do it, now can everyone just stay healthy and live up to the heavenly expectations placed upon them.  

The absolute dominance the 23-year old has displayed on the mound would indicate that he is here to stay regardless of what his preseason stat line or industry prognosticators suggested prior to the start of the 2018 season. Ohtani is for real and will be a special player in the majors for years to come. Sit back and enjoy it, folks, even if the Angels are playing your team. 

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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