Shohei Ohtani is the Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher on Friday night against the Houston Astros, taking a 2.97 ERA into the game. The two-way superstar is also batting second in the AL lineup, and he didn’t take long to show off his offensive prowess.

In the top of the first inning, Ohtani smoked a rope over the right field wall for his 44th home run of the year. Yes, 44 freakin’ home runs from a guy that is also a starting pitcher.

The home run had an exit velocity of 114.7 mph. That’s his 23rd homer with an exit velocity of at least 110 mph this season, six more than anybody else.

It’s also the third homer he’s hit this season in a game he’s pitched.

Ohtani’s 44 homers lead the majors, with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Pérez each two homers behind at 42.

[Photo Credit: Bally Sports West; MLB]

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