Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Just like Babe! The Shohei Ohtani show continues as Angels star takes the mound at the Stadium


 As if Shohei Ohtani hadn’t already put on a show in the first two games at Yankee Stadium, the Angels star will take his exploits to a Ruthian level on Wednesday night.

THE MORNING CALL

After crushing two home runs on tuesday night, Ohtani will take the mound against the Bombers, and also hit for himself.

Ohtani will be only the fifth player in baseball history to hit multiple home runs and then take the mound the next day, according to the YES Network. The last? Babe Ruth in 1930.

“To see what he’s doing this year, especially the past two nights, is pretty impressive,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said after Tuesday night’s game. “It feels like any pitch that is over the plate is going to get hit and it’s going to get hit hard.

  “He’s a generational talent, that’s for sure. We’re excited to see him on the mound (Wednesday). We know he’s got the electric fastball and works all of his offspeed pitches in there, too. We’ll have a game plan. We’ll be ready.”

Ohtani leads MLB in WAR, home runs (28) and extra-base hits, not to mention he also has a 2.58 ERA while striking out over 12 batters per nine innings.

  It will be the ninth time in 12 starts this year the 26-year-old Japanese star started a game and hit for himself. The last time a visitor did that in the regular season in the Bronx was in 1972 when the Brewers’ Jim Lonborg pitched a shutout and went 0-for-3.

The next year the American League instituted the designated hitter.

“He’s impressive. It’s a lot coming through the zone. I remember seeing him for the first time and being impressed a few years ago,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It seems like he’s gone to another level and there’s a little bit of fear when he walks up there.”

Wednesday will also end an unbelievable month for Ohtani. He is hitting .313 with 13 home runs, six doubles, a triple, 23 RBI and four stolen bases in 24 games this month. It gives him a slash line of .278/.361/.688 with a major league-leading 49 extra-base hits in 74 games this year.

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