Apr 14

The Shohei Ohtani Experience: Keep track of the Angels phenom’s two-way quest

As a starting pitcher and a designated hitter, Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is embarking on a two-way journey that no major leaguer has successfully pulled off since Babe Ruth himself. Will Ohtani dominate on the mound and crush at the plate?

Shohei Ohtani is the 3rd player in MLB history to get 2 wins as a pitcher and hit 3 HR in his team’s first 10 games of a season, and he’s the first to do it in the Live-Ball Era (Since 1920) according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Blach avoided further damage by getting Logan Forsythe to hit into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third.

The Giants threatened in the sixth with back-to-back, one-out singles from pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez and Austin Jackson. Joe Panik followed with a sinking line drive to right field that Puig caught on his knees. Hernandez ran on the play either because he lost track of the outs or thought the ball was going to fall. Instead, he was easily doubled off second for the final out of the inning.

“Lamar is a great kid and a great athlete. I know how all the things he’s able do and how he can produce,” Watson said. “He’ll continue to play at a high level and be successful.”

Watson, although not to the same extent as Jackson, went into the draft with some undue concerns about how his athleticism would translate in a pro-style offense. Like he did, Watson thinks Jackson will put those doubters to shame once he gets his chance with the team that wants him most.

“It will be fun to watch him grow in this league, too, doing the same things he did in college,” Watson said. “I know he’s one of the best quarterbacks — if not the best — coming in the draft. For any team that gets him, he’ll have the mind-set to keep improving. There are 32 teams and at least half of them will like Lamar Jackson. He’s going to be fine and can be great wherever he goes.”

Watson found early success as a starter because he had an offensive-minded head coach in Bill O’Brien who could wisely adapt to Watson’s strengths. Even though Watson had to wait a little to be drafted, he can’t imagine playing for any other team.buccaneers_017

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