Shohei Ohtani homers off Justin Verlander. Aug 25, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) heads to first base as he watches his two-run home run in the fourth inning clear the fence at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In the background is Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35). Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The American League and National League Cy Young results were announced on Wednesday, with Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander taking home the honors in the AL and Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcántara receiving the award in the NL. For the first time in 58 years, the Cy Young Award was decided unanimously in both leagues.

Verlander was followed in the voting by Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah, and Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.

And Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register provided an incredible statistical factoid about Ohtani.

Ohtani has hit a home run against all three pitchers — Verlander, Cease, and Manoah — ahead of him in the AL Cy Young voting.


We can debate who should get this and that awards-wise, but this tidbit is a reminder that Ohtani’s brilliance is in its own territory.

Ohtani won the 2021 AL MVP and is likely to finish second in the voting behind New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge; the winner will be announced on Thursday.

In 2022, Ohtani put together a 2.33 ERA and 2.40 FIP over 166 innings on the mound, while being valued at 6.2 wins above replacement (WAR) per Baseball Reference. Offensively, Ohtani blasted 34 home runs — after 46 in 2021 — and put together an .875 OPS, while being valued at 3.4 WAR per Baseball Reference.

He’s a once-in-a-lifetime talent.

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