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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In a response to a Sportscenter Instagram post that highlighted some of the most entertaining moments from the LA Clippers’ ‘Lob City’ era, former Clippers forward Matt Barnes commented “We were our own worst enemy.”

It’s an astute point, and Barnes is not the only Lob City teammate to have been so forthcoming about the Clippers’ missed opportunities (J.J. Redick has said about as much multiple times on his podcast). It seems that the consensus takeaway from this era of Clippers basketball—the first in which they were truly considered title contenders—was that they did not reach their full potential.

The Sportscenter post was mostly comprised of Blake Griffin dunks, as they should be. Griffin might not have been the best player on those Clippers teams, but he was emblematic of the culture the Clippers had built. They were the most entertaining team in Los Angeles because of him (at least

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