Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Royals' struggling offense will try to exceed Angels' stacked lineup

Royals' struggling offense will try to exceed Angels' stacked lineup

Japan's Major League Baseball newcomer Shohei Ohtani is already having a big impact for the Los Angeles Angels.

Heaney looked really good in his one rehab start allowing only one run in 6.1 innings for the Inland Empire 66'ers. Even Mike Trout, Ohtani's superstar teammate and two-time MVP center fielder, typically gets left alone after, say, a 1-for-4 night in a losing effort. He followed that up with another seven innings performance, this time allowing just one hit to the Seattle Mariners in a 10-1 win. And Blue, whose time at the top was brief but who seemed nearly impossibly athletic as a pitcher, was who I was thinking about Wednesday when I drove out to the Rangers' suddenly sad second ballpark soon to be tossed aside for a third just to see an even more impossibly athletic pitcher named Shohei Ohtani. A game-changing player the Rangers coveted for years, Ohtani threw 61/2 ideal innings against Oakland on Sunday, so the Rangers won't see what he looks like from the pitcher's mound until next time. "We'll check with him and see when he's available and we'll go from there". "Three straight homers is pretty remarkable". When you're a hitter, if you don't hit the ball on the barrel you feel it a lot more. This is my last day of not doing anything.

BC-BBO-Ohtani-Japan's Big Hit, 1st Ld-Writethru, 635 Ohtani's electrifying start to Major League Baseball career a big hit in JapanAP Photo XEH101, XEH102, MOCR118, MOCR112, MOCR113Eds: Updates with detail from Angels-Royals game. Ohtani however, is so talented at the plate that it is hard to justify keeping his bat on the bench. Before you know it we are through 6 flawless innings with 11 K's. Insane right? That is what this is.

Angels hitters have slashed.290/.350/.481 on their way to 6.6 runs scored per game this season, including 7.1 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the team's last five contests (5-0 SU).

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Justin Upton homered leading off the Los Angels fourth to make it 2-0. But if you think stateside coverage of Ohtani is thorough, try checking out the Japanese media. Over time, pitchers will figure out how to pitch to him and batters will figure out how to hit him.

Many were initially skeptical of Ohtani's prospects in America, saying it would be hard to pull it off in the major leagues. As of right now, Ohtani pitches every fifth game for the Angels and serves as a DH for most of the games in between. Duda came home on a wild pitch.

Keynan Middleton, the fifth Los Angeles reliever, pitched a ideal ninth inning to log his fourth save in as many opportunities and his second versus Kansas City in two nights.

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