Shohei Ohtani has homered in his first three home games, so let's rank them
Shohei Ohtani arrived in the Majors with next-level expectations -- and all he's done in his first week with the Angels is exceed them.
On the pitching side, Ohtani dazzled in his first career start, beating the A's in Oakland and throwing some totally unfair pitches. And in addition to hitting a single in his first at-bat with the Angels, he saved his most emphatic moments for his first homestand at Angel Stadium.
His second-inning blast in Friday's 13-9 win over the A's was Ohtani's third in three home games thus far this season, making him the first Angels rookie to accomplish that feat. That's an impressive kind of hot streak, and it's done a lot to convince folks that yes, he's definitely ready for the Show. He's even made a mechanical adjustment at the plate, too.
Each home run came with its own unique element, so let's take a deeper look by ranking the three (of many more to come).
3. No. 1, off Josh Tomlin
Ohtani's introduction to his hometown fans couldn't have been any sweeter, considering he blasted a 397-foot homer to right-center that cleared the Angels' new lowered outfield wall and made a father and son very happy. It was a moment:
2. No. 2, off Corey Kluber
In his next game, Ohtani faced the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber. Cleveland's ace struck out Ohtani in his first at-bat, but the 23-year-old phenom had his revenge the next time up with this 400-foot shot off the rock formation in center field:
1. No. 3, off Daniel Gossett
Ohtani's latest, though, was his most well-struck so far, squaring up a 2-0 offering from Daniel Gossett and sending it 449 feet, again laying pepper with the rock formation. And check out that crisp, sweet sound off the bat:
He's made this all look impossibly easy so far, hasn't he?