Ohtani Bringing His Road Show to Coors Field May 8?
Japanese right-hander Shohei Ohtani has become the 2018 MLB sensation. Signed by the Angels, Ohtani is both a pitcher and a hitter. The Angels are keeping him on the same pitching schedule as he had in Japan -- once a week.
Ohtani was scheduled to start Sunday in Kansas City. That game, however, was postponed, and so now Ohtani's schedule has been adjusted and he will start the Angels next game, at home on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.
That means, barring any changes in the Angels handling of Ohtani, or another postponement on his scheduled day, he is in line to start against the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday, May 8, when the Angels open a two-game series.
So far in the regular season his mound work has been limited to two starts, both against the A's. And he won both of them.
The 24-year-old right-hander also can swing the bat -- from the left side of the plate. And he does get to DH between starts -- although not the first two days after or before a scheduled start. His bat, as well as his arm, has been a factor in the Angels getting off to a 13-3 start.
Ohtani began pitching at the upper level of Japanese baseball at the age of 18, and he wasn't the least bit intimidated. He made 82 starts among his 85 appearances for Nippon, and had a .736 winning percentage.
And he was no slouch at the plate in his native Japan, either. There was a learning process, but the last three years, when he was primarily a DH, the offensive impact was apparent.