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.