Shohei Ohtani is breaking baseball

100 years after Babe Ruth bent the sport of baseball to his will, Shohei Ohtani — who takes the mound tonight against the Red Sox — has broken it entirely.

Driving the news: Next week in Denver, Ohtani will compete in the Home Run Derby, start at DH for the AL and take the mound after becoming the first player ever named an All-Star as both a pitcher and position player.

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By the numbers: You can’t scroll Twitter or turn on “SportsCenter” without seeing a new Ohtani stat, but in case you’ve missed it, here’s a snapshot of his nightly heroics.

  • Hitting: He leads the league in HR (31), SLG (.704), 3B (4) and bunt hits (4), and he’s the first AL player ever with 31 HR and 12 steals before the All-Star

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Shohei Ohtani Had The Worst Start Of His Career Tonight

Shohei Ohtani warms up in the outfield before a game for the Angels.

Shohei Ohtani warms up in the outfield before a game for the Angels.

Shohei Ohtani’s brilliance both at the plate and on the mound has been one of the marvels of the 2021 MLB season. However, his performance on Wednesday was almost the complete opposite.

Ohtani struggled mightily in his start on the road against the New York Yankees earlier tonight. The Los Angeles Angels ace gave up seven earned runs in the first inning, as the Yankees were able to bat through their lineup. Ohtani lacked command, throwing just 20 of his 41 pitches for strikes and giving up four walks in the brief appearance.

The Angles pulled the 26-year-old in the first inning after he recorded just two outs. He was replaced by right-hander Aaron Slegers.

The outing marked Ohtani’s worst of his career, with seven earned runs being the most he’d ever allowed in a start.

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