The pairing of Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout is arguably the best that the league has seen in recent history.
Even with Trout and Ohtani at the helm, the Angels have struggled. But even so, Shohei Ohtani has managed to stay efficient. And the rest of the MLB has noticed.
Ohtani will be playing in this year's All-Star Game as both a hitter and a pitcher. He will be coached by Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker. When asked about Ohtani, Baker spoke highly of Angels star.
More from Dusty Baker on Shohei Ohtani: "I’m just glad he’s on my side for at least 1 day vs on the other side cuz, man, he can pitch. He pitched a great game last night and he’s getting better and that’s what’s frightening. The fact that we’re in the same division as him."
— Sarah Valenzuela (@Sarah_IsabelVee) July 14, 2022
On Wednesday night, Shohei Ohtani put on a masterclass performance against the Astros. In six innings, Ohtani allowed one earned run and six hits. He also recorded 12 strikeouts. On the same night, he recorded two RBIs, and two hits, including a two-run triple. With Ohtani giving himself run support like that, it's nearly impossible to lose.
Shohei Ohtani, who has already won an MVP award, has shown no signs of slowing down. He has been a force throughout this entire season. He has recorded 83 hits and 19 home runs while hitting .258. He has also racked up 56 RBI’s and 10 stolen bases.
When looking at how he has pitched, through 15 games he has been among the best. He currently has an ERA of 2.38 through 87 innings. He has allowed just eight home runs and 24 total runs.
If Shohei Ohtani can continue to play at this level, another MVP award may be his to lose.