MLB Predictions: Will Ohtani lead the Angels over the Athletics? 4/8/18

Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan heads to the dugout after the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday

The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani's bat and arm, and it's good news for Angels fans: he's basically a video game cheat code.

Marlins 6, Phillies 3 • In Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs - two earned - and three hits while striking out five.

He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches while mixing 99 miles per hour heat with 80 miles per hour splitters and precipitous curveballs.

"I wanted to hold a tidy zero to the board", Ohtani stated of the past out. Lowrie had three hits, while Olson, Chapman and Boog Powell each had two. "I wanted that strikeout, and I got it". The third baseman enjoyed a breakout season in the minors past year, hitting.282 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs while playing the majority of his games at the Double-A level. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, and he homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades. This is due to the fact that Ohtani has a unsafe splitter ball in his arsenal, a pitch he used to retire four batters.

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RED SOX 8, RAYS 7 Boston's Xander Bogaerts left with a left ankle injury in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' victory over visiting Tampa Bay. He's also been with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

During his five-year stint with the Fighters in Japan, Ohtani managed a 2.52 ERA and averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, all while hitting.286/.358/.500 and snagging the Pacific League MVP when he was just 21 years old. Ohtani is a once-in-a-generation player, just like Mike Trout.

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The emerging saga of Shohei Ohtani continues today, with Oakland paying a visit to Anaheim.

The Angels beat the A's 6-1. Those runs were all he allowed, and he went on to complete six innings with six strikeouts.

Athletics hitters have slashed.265/.353/.422 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU).

Third baseman Ryan Schimpf homered in his first start with the Angels, after they recalled him Saturday from Salt Lake to replace Nolan Fontana, who was sent the other way.

Lagares singled off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second. It wasn't until the 7th inning that the Oakland Athletics managed their first hit. Cozart also hit a home run in his first game with Los Angeles, although the team went on to lose 6-5 in 11 innings.

The slugger is hitting.389 with three home runs and seven RBIs in only 19 plate appearances.

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