There has been absolutely no feeling out process for Shohei Ohtani. He has needed zero time to get acclimated with his new surroundings, as he’s stepped in and become one of the brightest spots of the 2018 season thus far. It’s early, we’re only in the month of May, but there have been no knocks on Ohtani. With players of his stature, there’s always plenty of hype and expectations. He’s answered the call and then some.
Of course, Ohtani is the most unique player to recently get introduced in the majors. He not only has the ability to pitch exceptionally well, but he can get it done at the plate as well. Ohtani will take his spot in the rotation against the dangerous Boston Red Sox tonight. Out of all his starts, this one may be the most important thus far.
The arrival of Ohtani has instantly provided the Angels with a much needed boost. They’ve been a team who have regularly flirted with reaching the postseason, but ultimately it hasn’t been good enough. Ohtani appears to be the piece of the puzzle that should be able to give them the extra push needed to get to the postseason. There are guys on this roster, notably Mike Trout, who deserved to be playing ball in October. He’s carried the team during his career in Anaheim, and it’s about time another elite player helps out. The Red Sox will go with David Price to counter Ohtani in California this evening. Jump below for the rest of the analysis for our free Red Sox vs. Angels pick.
Boston Red Sox vs. L.A. Angels Pick
David Price (1-1, 2.40 ERA) vs. Shohei Ohtani (2-0, 2.08 ERA)
The Red Sox and Angels have both been looking pretty good to start this season. With respects to the Red Sox, people will expect them to keep playing well, because it’s the Red Sox. The Yankees may have made the news by signing Giancarlo Stanton, the Red Sox have been the team to beat in the division thus far. The performance of David Price has been one of the reasons why they’ve been looking so good. On the year, the Red Sox own a record of 13-2. Price has yielded a 2.40 ERA and has looked like a weapon. Towards the end of the 2017 season, he was looking great, not allowing a run in his final seven appearances. He’s looked sharp this season as well, with 4 runs allowed in 15 innings. However, all came in his last outing against the Yankees.
Not much else can be said about Ohtani that’s been said already, he’s been a fantastic addition to the Angels. In his opening start in the majors, he allowed 3 hits and 3 runs across 6 innings of work. He came back to better that in his last outing, allowing no runs and 1 hit in 7 innings. His overall WHIP stands at 0.46, while it’s a mightily impressive 0.29 at home. This should be a great pitching matchup between Price and Ohtani. A lot of people will be tuning-in just to see what Ohtani is going to do next. I don’t think they’re going to be disappointed. I’d lean towards a low-scoring game here, so the UNDER is attractive.