Shohei Ohtani's splitter is so devastating that hitters are now 1-for-44 with 30 K's against it
It's hard to even put into words what Shohei Ohtani continues to do on a Major League Baseball field. In 150 some odd years of men hurling white spheres and swinging wooden sticks, there's no real comparison.
As a hitter, Ohtani has six homers, 17 RBIs and a .321/.367/.619 slash line. And after striking out nine and giving up just two runs in 7 2/3 innings during the Angels' 4-2 win over the Rays on Sunday, he's now 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA on the mound. He has 51 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings. Much of that success, as he showed again on Sunday, is due to his video-game level splitter:
What's better than a Shohei Sunday? pic.twitter.com/muDeZf2lDA- MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2018
MLB.com's David Adler went even deeper into the numbers and, future hitters facing Ohtani, you may not want to look.
Slow your roll on Shohei Ohtani's splitter, folks. The batting average against it went up today.- David Adler (@_dadler) May 20, 2018
Hitters were 0-for-36 with 24 K's.
They're now 1-for-44 with 30 K's.
Wilson Ramos' liner off Zack Cozart's glove today was the 1st hit off Ohtani's splitter in MLB.
Yes, 1-for-44 with 31 strikeouts. Shohei Ohtani is just not fair.