Although the sample size is still incredibly small, below are some examples of early-season success stories that could be harbingers of what's to come.Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, Angels: Questions about Ohtani's readiness for the Majors stemmed from the fact that the 23-year-old went 4-for-32 with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits at the plate and posted a 27.00 ERA over two starts during Spring Training.
A ideal game in his first game at The Big A after the disaster that was Shohei Ohtani in Spring Training?
Ohtani threw six flawless innings against the A's before Marcus Semien singled to left with one out in the 7th inning to break up the ideal game.
He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches while mixing 99 miles per hour heat with 80 miles per hour splitters and precipitous curveballs. Ohtani is an Asian baseball player - just like how I am an Asian-American baseball fan - and he is not just trying to dominate this league. Lowrie had three hits, while Olson, Chapman and Boog Powell each had two. How can I pass on that when it's got an underdog price tag? He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, and he homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades. "As a Red Sox fan, very sad, because he's too good". Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day. Hitting just one of them would put us in the black for the day.
He was sharp from the start, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches.
In addition to his homer, Trout also dropped a run-scoring single into right field off Graveman in the fourth that made it 4-0 and marked only his third multi-hit game of the season.
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Ohtani has appeared in six of the Angels' 10 games, and his impact has been undeniable, whether on the mound or at the plate. In the bottom of the 14th, down 5-4 with runners on the corners and no outs, he labored through a 12-pitch at-bat against rookie right-hander Wilmer Font.
Saturday: Went 0 for 4, striking out three times and grounding into a double play, in a 7-3 loss to Oakland.
Pirates 5, Reds 0 • In Pittsburgh, Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle's single to center with one out in the third. In his first series against the Oakland Athletics, Ohtani showed glimpses of why he was so heavily recruited, as well as some expected struggles as he gets acquainted with a new league. But here we are after his first four games-five when you count his 6-inning debut on the mound-and he's out here turning heads.
Ohtani has since hit two home runs and, as of Friday, was batting.429.