Shohei Ohtani is still putting up eye-popping stats one season after a historic MVP campaign. The star pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels is currently dominating baseball while also producing as a hitter.
Ohtani pitched seven innings without allowing a run on Wednesday night, winning his fifth straight start. He also fanned 10 batters. Ohtani became the only MLB player to ever officially record 10 strikeouts, two RBI, and a stolen base in a single game in the 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Ohtani extended his streak to 28.2 innings pitched without giving up a run. The two-way star pitcher is just the seventh in the last 50 seasons to start four straight games with at least 40 strikeouts and no runs scored against him.
Ohtani has pitched twice as many innings as hits during his five-start winning streak.
Since the officialization of RBI in 1920, Shohei Ohtani is the first player to accomplish all of the following in a single game.
Shohei Ohtani has a 5 start pitching streak…
The majority of Ohtani’s value in his 2021 AL MVP season came at the plate, where he hit 46 home runs with a.965 OPS. Ohtani is among the leading candidates for the Cy Young Award in 2022 due to his outstanding performance on the mound.
Ohtani is among the top five pitchers in the American League in terms of his 2.44 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 111 strikeouts. He is on track to make 28 starts while playing in almost every game for the Angels.
Ohtani has 18 home runs and 53 RBI, which ties him for seventh place in the AL. His league-leading.495 slugging percentage places him 11th.
Ohtani has put up statistics that have never been seen in MLB history, but he is not the favorite to win the MVP award for a second time. At the halfway point of the season, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is the front-runner, leading a squad that is on pace to break the record for most wins in a season.
The Angels are seven games out of.500 and are most likely to miss the postseason for the eighth consecutive year.