Shohei Ohtani not in Angels' lineup Saturday night

Ross Houston
April 16, 2018

Besides, with the National Basketball Association and NHL playoffs starting up, most people don't turn their focus to baseball until the middle of June, when every season is over besides the MLB and sportscenter becomes an endless loop of baseball highlights and what LeBron James ate for lunch. HIs first week in the city of Angels will be a memorable one, not only for Ohtani but for any general baseball fan.

I first became intrigued by Ohtani after he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated last April. I would like to play more. They are taught to focus on pitching, and only pitching. That is the fastest time ever recorded for a pitcher chugging it from home to third. "We'll check with him and see when he's available and we'll go from there". "After today, I'll have a lot better answers for you as far as how it feels and maybe the timetable upon the return".

I'm not sure I can give Ohtani all the credit for the increased attendance - the club drew a little more than 16,000 and 18,000 the first two nights before 20,363 showed up Wednesday - but there's no doubt in the first two weeks of the major-league season there is more curiosity about Ohtani than any player in the game.

Ohtani gave one of his bats to a 6-year-old boy, Leo Guastello, who boldly asked for it before the game when the two-way rookie star from Japan was signing autographs. He wasted absolutely no time erasing any doubters off the face of the planet. "I am all real".

Royals right-hander Jason Hammel yielded the two runs on Pujols' homer and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. You can watch all three of his home runs here. There was no such thing as a night game, teams traveled by train, and a hot dog was 10 cents at Wrigley. Ohtani, who was the Angels designated hitter, was also intentionally walked in the sixth inning. But a monster at both? Before you know it we are through 6 ideal innings with 11 K's.

4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below.400. For those of you who aren't baseball nerds, you may be thinking, "Is that good?".

Justin Upton homered leading off the Los Angels fourth to make it 2-0.

Keynan Middleton, the fifth Los Angeles reliever, pitched a flawless ninth inning to log his fourth save in as many opportunities and his second versus Kansas City in two nights. Over time, pitchers will figure out how to pitch to him and batters will figure out how to hit him.

The Angels are coming off a set versus the Rangers.

Many were initially skeptical of Ohtani's prospects in America, saying it would be hard to pull it off in the major leagues.

The Angels had on off day on Thursday then started a three-game homestand against the A's on Friday.

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