Shohei Ohtani displays equal dominance in 2 key MLB categories


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Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani once again shows he can be an elite hitter and pitcher at the same time.

There may be better pitchers and more productive hitters in baseball, but it’s very close to the top of the league either way, and that’s something no one else on Earth can brag about.

In fact, the numbers confirm its absolute dominance.

ERA+ and OPS+ are versions of the traditional ERA and OPS metrics, respectively, but adjusted for external factors such as eras, stadiums, and opponents.

In ERA+ and OPS+, the league average performance is 100.

That means Ohtani was 35% better than the average pitcher and 35% better than the average hitter.

It’s incredible.

A real unicorn

No one is supposed to be equally good at both activities because they are so specialized and difficult.

A good MLB hitter has been batting since he was a kid, almost every day and at different levels.

Plus, to have such great stuff and command a 100 mph fastball (and a sick splitter), a few years of training are also required.

Ohtani is a freak of nature: a unicorn.

There is no other player like him in the world.

He currently has a .259/.341/.489 line with 16 homers as a batter and a 2.90 ERA in 68.1 innings from the mound.

He was, at the same time, one of the Angels’ top three hitters and their best pitcher, while occupying only one place on the list.

The Angels, and the league as a whole, should be grateful to have Ohtani on their roster: so should the fans.

He’s the most entertaining player in baseball, and there’s no arguing.




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