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Shohei Ohtani: Week Two

16 April 2018

If you don't already know who Shohei Ohtani is, then you likely will soon.

Ohtani's translator, Ippei Mizuhara, told him what the 6-year-old kid (Leo Guastello) had said, causing the Angels phenom to chuckle before walking away.

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.

Pitchers, especially those from the American league, do not usually have to worry about hitting due to the presence of the designated hitter. They focus on pitching and pitching only.

Ohtani, however, is clearly breaking that mold. RHP Parker Bridwell, who made 20 starts last season and went 10-3, is the probable contender to join the rotation.

Now it was just a week and there is still a strong chance this two-way game Ohanti is running doesn't last more than a season or two.

Still, there is no denying that Ohtani has created a big stir back home and an outpouring of national pride.

Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an eighth-inning solo shot to center. You can watch all three of his home runs here.

Ohtani was inserted in the DH spot batting 8th again on Wednesday with a matchup against the 2017 AL Cy Young victor in Corey Kluber. Kluber is the reigning AL Cy Young Award victor. At 11-3 overall, Los Angeles is putting up 6.64 runs per game while allowing 3.43 per contest. After allowing five runs to the Tigers over five innings, he pitched six scoreless innings against the Indians last weekend. Ohtani got there a second later.

The Royals had walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second. He clearly had his best pitches working for him in this one, including his sweeping slider and sharp-dropping splitter.

Ohtani said he does not remember the last time he played in a game when it was that cold, but said he grew up in cold weather.

Scioscia said it was a balancing act trying to keep Ohtani's ability to bat fresh in relation to being ready to pitch.

CINCINNATI - Jose Martinez drove in six runs and Yadier Molina homered in his return from a one-game suspension, powering St. Louis to a victory that left Cincinnati mired in its worst start since 1955.

The Angels are in Kansas City to take on the Royals on Saturday in the third game of a four game series on Saturday.

Shohei Ohtani: Week Two