Angels Are Reborn, and Not Just Because of Shohei Ohtani

Angels at Royals The 411

Angels at Royals The 411

We all thought Ohtani the Pitcher would be more valuable than Ohtani the Hitter, particularly in leagues like Yahoo's, which separated the Los Angeles Angels phenom into two separate draftable players.

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney, who was making his first start of the season after having Tommy John surgery a year ago, allowed four runs, one unearned, on seven hits over five innings to take the loss.

Mike Fiers made his debut for the Detroit Tigers last Sunday, tossing six shutout innings to beat the Chicago White Sox. Ohtani, who was the Angels designated hitter, was also intentionally walked in the sixth inning.

On Friday, Ohtani batted seventh as the designated hitter and registered his first Major League Baseball career double in his first at-bat, then added a single in the eighth as the Angels rallied 5-4 over the Kansas City Royals. The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s with a 20 miles per hour wind.

But as long as Ohtani has a 1.183 OPS and a 2.08 ERA, the Angels will gladly tolerate the extra headaches, and the breathless Ohtani coverage on both sides of the Pacific Ocean will continue. "You're always concerned with grip when you're a pitcher. After today, I'll have a lot better answers for you as far as how it feels and maybe the timetable upon the return". As of right now, Ohtani pitches every fifth game for the Angels and serves as a DH for most of the games in between. You have to keep him on your roster if he can keep this up, even if it's just once a week. "Our guys are going to be ready".

"Playing a game like that, I don't know if I've ever experienced that cold", Ohtani said. Trout is slashing.273/.388/.600 with 15 hits, five homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Ohtani is slashing.346/.414/.769 with nine hits, three homers, 11 RBIs and four runs scored.

He is trying to become the first Angels starter to win his first three starts since Jered Weaver in 2006. Skoglund has not won since.

Felix Peña was optioned to Triple-A to create room for Andrew Heaney, who was activated from the disabled list to make his first start of the season on Friday. Skoglund gave up five runs on six hits, two walks and hit three hit batters over 4 2/3 innings, while striking out one.

Hey, the 23-year-old is merely great and a throwback to the days of Babe Ruth 100 years ago. He's 2-0 as a starter with a 2.08 ERA, including taking a flawless game into the 6th inning in his most recent start. He will try to end the Royals' five-game losing skid.

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