The 10-game sample size is small, but so far, Sho good for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Shohei Ohtani had a lot of buzz this offseason as many teams were vying for his two-position services from Japan. The Angels wound up with the right price and now Ohtani is living up to the hype in the early goings of the season.
Questions swirled in regards to how good Ohtani could be and how much the Angels would play him. Those questions have been answered through the first 10-games.
On the mound, Ohtani is 2-0 (both wins coming against Oakland), with a 2.08 ERA, 18 strikeouts, four hits, three runs, two walks and a 12.46 k/9 ratio, in 13 innings pitched.
In his first home start on Sunday afternoon, Ohtani flirted with a perfect-game until the seventh inning. He finished the game with 12 punch outs, including striking out the side in the first inning. His cutter was sensational. He had 25 swings-and-misses, 15 coming on 20 splitters.
Seven days prior, Ohtani won his MLB debut, allowing three runs in six innings of work.
At the plate, Ohtani has a slash line of .389/.421/.889 with three home runs, seven RBIs, four runs. He has seven hits in 19 plate appearances.
In his very first at-bat, at home with the Angels, he took Josh Tomlin deep for a three-run home run. The very next night, he tied the game in the fifth inning with a homer off Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber. After getting the day off, Ohtani belted a 449-foot home run, his third in as many games, to help kick off an Angels rally, trailing 6-0.
The Angels are 5-1 when Ohtani plays and 7-3 overall.
Ohtani became the first player since Jim Shaw back in 1919 to have two wins and three home runs in the first 10-games. He leads the Angels in wins and has more strike outs than pitchers like Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and Noah Syndergaard. He is tied with Mike Trout and Justin Upton for team lead in home runs and has more than sluggers Aaron Judge and Kris Bryant.
So far, Ohtani is living up to the hype and the Angels are getting the most out of their investment. There are 152-games remaining, but if these first 10 are any indication, Ohtani is going to continue to dazzle and put on a show.