It seems as if the Los Angeles Angels can only win when a certain somebody pitches.
That certain somebody is two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani had himself a night on Wednesday against the Houston Astros as he took the mound attempting to play the role of stopper and get the Halos back in the win column.
He did just that, striking out 12 batters over six innings of one-run ball, and even driving in two runs with a triple as he led the Halos to a 7-1 victory.
But ESPN Stats & Info provided a troubling stat on Twitter that will concern Angels fans a great deal.
The Angels are 6-1 (.857) since the start of June when Shohei Ohtani is on the mound and 6-26 (.188) when anyone else starts.
Each of the last 3 games the Angels have won have been started by Ohtani, and they've lost 10 straight games started by anyone else. pic.twitter.com/r5vVjxSyya
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2022
Trouble In Paradise
It seems like the Angels can’t win when somebody not named Ohtani takes the ball.
As seen in the tweet, the Angels are 6-1 since the beginning of June when Ohtani pitches and have lost 10 straight games when somebody else pitches.
That’s quite concerning for the Angels, and they’re going to need somebody to step it up when Ohtani isn’t pitching if they want to have any shot at turning what has been an abysmal season around.
On one hand, Ohtani is that steady force that the Angels can rely on when things aren’t going well.
That isn’t a bad thing.
You need a guy like that on your team.
But when he’s the only guy on your squad that can do that and everybody else seems to fall down on the job, there are going to be a lot of problems with said team.
Things look about as bleak as they have been all season long for this Angels squad.
Hope seems to dwindle by the day.
Ohtani can’t carry the entire load.
He’s going to need some help if the Halos want to start winning more frequently.