This just in: Shohei Ohtani is incredible.
The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way superstar cranked his 15th homer of the season — tied for second in MLB — in an 11-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. And it was an absolute rocket.
Ohtani smoked a 117 mph dinger, the hardest-hit Angels homer ever tracked by Statcast (going back to 2015).
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 26, 2021
Ohtani went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two walks on the night. He has a .958 OPS this season (led by a .632 SLG). Oh, and he has 2.37 in 30 1/3 innings as a pitcher.
Players with 15+ home runs at the plate & 40+ strikeouts on the mound, single season:
2021 Shohei Ohtani: 15 HR, 45 K (currently)
2018 Shohei Ohtani: 22 HR, 63 K
That's it. That's the list.
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 26, 2021
Shohei Ohtani now has 15 HR this season. It's the 3rd time since 1900 that a player pitched in 5 or more games in a single season and hit 15 HR. Ohtani has done so twice. The other instance was Babe Ruth in 1919. pic.twitter.com/loUFuzE2l3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 26, 2021