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Shohei Ohtani Lobbying Angels For More Playing Time

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Rita Gibson | 16 April, 2018, 06:25

A game-changing player the Rangers coveted for years, Ohtani threw 61/2 flawless innings against Oakland on Sunday, so the Rangers won't see what he looks like from the pitcher's mound until next time. "I am all real".

Now, in fairness, Ohtani is probably not facing the stiffest of competition for that record.

Kole Calhoun had a two-run single in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine. Trout went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run and has 55 at-bats.

In Ohtani's next at-bat in the bottom of the third, he turned on an 0-1 cutter for a single to right field.

The Royals had walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Lucas Duda have led the Royals' offense so far.

Ohtani was inserted in the DH spot batting 8th again on Wednesday with a matchup against the 2017 AL Cy Young victor in Corey Kluber.

While I don't feel great about the starting pitching, the Angels have the hitting to overcome a poor start.

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In his second start, Ohtani blew everyone away.

Los Angeles' offensive production been led by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Except the ball wouldn't be all Leo got, as Ohtani came back out and gave him a bat after all - complete with his name on it.

Wednesday's game marked another little slice of history for Ohtani. Currently, 81% of the wagers are going on the Angels on the road tonight. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, beating Oakland twice. His most recent home run was a towering 449 foot shot to center field. KC is 3-9 in their last 12 in game one of a series and 1-4 in Kennedy's last five starts in game one of a series.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Even some of the biggest names in Japanese baseball have been taken aback by Ohtani's early success. Oh, boy, did he put on a Sho-w (Pun Intended). Jorge Soler replaced Merrifield in the 2-hole and struck out four times. He continued to wow us with striking out the side again in the 5th when he got Khris Davis, Matt Olson, and Matt Chapman to all strikeout swinging. You know who else has 8 RBIs this season? He then walked Jed Lowrie on 4 pitches. A headline in the Nikkansports newspaper after a game in which Ohtani came in to pinch hit in the ninth inning read "Ohtani fails to homer in fourth straight game". He threw the splitter 34 times and got a swing and miss on nearly half of them.

News of Ohtani's phenomenal start to his Major League Baseball career is ubiquitous in Japan.

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