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Shohei Ohtani is the real deal so we should go ahead and declare

Shohei Ohtani is the real deal so we should go ahead and declare

The Oakland Athletics were shut down on offense against Shohei Ohtani and the Angels on Sunday, losing 6-1 in the series finale.

The discourse around Ohtani's first appearances with the Angels were predictably mixed and extreme - mixed because there were as many negative reactions as there were positive, and extreme because this feedback was formulated after a mere two performances.

Ohtani has adapted to Major League Baseball pitching quickly and looks like a bona fide star. And with the elite stuff he showed on the mound in Oakland, the righty has the potential to dominate this year.

Featuring a fastball that reached triple digits throughout his outing and a nasty splitter, Ohtani got through the first six innings easily.

He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches. He has induced 22 swinging strikes from the Athletics. He made five starts against Los Angeles in 2017 and put together a 1-1 record against the Angels with a 4.66 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Graveman was pulled with just one out in the third as he allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts, throwing only 84 pitches.

As a unit, Los Angeles' pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018. Playing just 108 games, Polanco hit.251 with only 11 homers and a.695 OPS.

March 29 vs. A's: Went 1-for-5 on opening day, but singled in his first major league at-bat against Kendall Graveman.

Ohtani, who is batting.462 (6 for 13) at home, drew a walk on four pitches with the bases loaded to pull the Angels within 8-7 in the fifth. He's doing something that hasn't been done in 100 years, and the last guy to do it was Babe Ruth, who is considered to be the greatest baseball player of all time. This will be Ohtani's second career game against the Athletics. Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas Razorbacks) hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's wild six-run eighth inning, and the Red Sox won their eighth consecutive. Two of those came against lefties (Clayton Kershaw and Marco Gonzales), matching his career total vs. southpaws prior to 2018.

"There has to be point where he becomes a pitcher, not to say sometime during the season he won't be available to do a little bit more the day before he pitches or a day after". But the veteran flourished while making adjustments to his swing and plate approach last season, posting a.933 OPS with a 141 wRC+ for the Reds.

Ohtani threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his home debut on the mound, propelling the Angels to a 6-1 win Sunday. Ichiro was a tactful hitter and his 3,000 hits will undoubtedly land him a place in the Hall of Fame, but Ohtani is potentially a home-run power hitter - therefore defying the prevailing stereotype that Asian players are only good for pitching or playing small ball. Now back to full health, the 25-year-old has produced three barrels and posted an average exit velocity of 92.7 miles per hour so far, according to Statcast™ (six barrels, 87.3 miles per hour in 2017).

It's an impressive shift from the pre-season.

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