Baseball is back, and already we’ve had to check our notes and correct things we couldn’t predict.
We’re about a month into the baseball season and things are starting to take shape. Naturally, we didn’t expect some things, here are the most notable.
Before we look too far ahead at what May will bring, let’s go over the biggest surprises we’ve seen so far.
4. Shohei Ohtani is actually doing it
Shohei Ohtani was expected to come over and be the boy wonder who pitched and hit at a high level. Then, spring training happened. He couldn’t keep runs off of the board or hit the ball well, prompting confusion from many when he made the major league roster. Fortunately for the Angels, their faith in him, and understanding that spring training isn’t everything has had a great payoff.
At the plate, he got a good .333 batting average and a very good .421 wOBA. He has shown the ability to contribute on a daily basis for the Angels and is part of their early season success. While doing this, he also isn’t striking out at a high rate, making sure to get the ball in play.
On the mound, where teams felt the most confident in him, he has been great as well. He’s already taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and just threw 6 pitches at 100+ mph. Before getting roughed up a little by the Astros his stats were looking very pretty and the Angels have won 3 of the 4 games he’s started. All that teams need from their starter is to put them in position to win.
Ohtani is contributing everyday, both at the plate and on the mound, something most didn’t expect, helping make the Angels one of the best teams in baseball so far.