No matter how much we see him play, we are still amazed by Shohei Ohtani‘s overall excellence.
The Los Angeles Angels‘ two-way star is the staff ace and one of its most dangerous sluggers.
It’s a unique set of skills, one that everybody loves: from fans to teammates; from media to rival managers and coaches.
Everybody loves Ohtani, and how can you not love the guy?
On Thursday, he hurled seven scoreless innings at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, with no walks, just six hits allowed, and 11 strikeouts.
In 26.2 innings on the mound, he has a 3.08 ERA, just five walks, and 41 punchouts.
He is truly amazing and a joy to watch.
But that wasn’t all: he also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Those two hits left his bat at 103.7 mph and 109.2 mph.
In case you aren’t familiarized with exit velocities in MLB, that’s very, very hard.
An Incredibly Fitting Nickname
One of his teammates, fellow pitcher Noah Syndergaard, has a new nickname for the Japanese phenom.
“WOAHtani! Best I got today. Sorry, Oh and….. Light Up The Halo,” he tweeted after his awesome performance.
Best I got today. Sorry, Oh and…..
Light Up The Halo🚨💡⚡️
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) May 5, 2022
Woahtani is actually very fitting: he leaves everybody in awe every time he goes to the plate or takes the mound.
Last year, he hit 46 home runs and led the Angels’ pitching staff at the same time.
This year, he is yet to really hit his stride in the batter’s box (he is currently sporting an uncharacteristically low .695 OPS), but is there anyone out there doubting that he will get going soon?
The Angels’ hopes of reaching the postseason largely rest on his right arm and his potent, lefty-swinging bat.