Entering his third season in the majors, Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is ready to dominate both at the plate and on the pitcher’s mound in 2020.
The Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is set to dominate Major League Baseball this season. Entering his third season in the Big Leagues, we haven’t really had a true look at everything he can do.
Ohtani has played in over a hundred games each of the past two seasons, but he has dealt with his fair share of injuries. He was unable to pitch at all during the 2019 season due to the Tommy John surgery he had in the off-season between 2018 and 2019.
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Now because of the nature of his surgery, the Angels have been and will continue to be very cautious with his return to the mound. The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year is expected to join the rotation in mid-May.
Shohei Ohtani’s stat line tells you most of what you need to know about him. He has a career slash line of .286/.361/.532 with 40 home runs and 123 RBI’s. On the mound, he is 4-2 in 10 starts with 63 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.31.
Now despite having arguable the best player in the world in Mike Trout and new addition Anthony Rendon, manager Joe Maddon will need Ohtani to be the best version of himself in order to help the Los Angeles Angels make the playoffs and win their first postseason game since 2009.
The job will not be easy with the defending AL Champion Houston Astros in their division. They will need everything Ohtani can give them. I for one am extremely excited to see how this season plays out for him.
Playing baseball as a kid, this is everyone’s dream. To pitch and hit for a big league club, there just aren’t many who can make that dream a reality. Shohei Ohtani is challenging that thought process and I can’t wait to see him continue to thrive.