Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels

Shohei Ohtani: Week Two

Shohei Ohtani: Week Two

Runners left in scoring position: Los Angeles 3 (Trout, Calhoun 2); Kansas City 3 (Merrifield 2, Duda). Gamblers can wager on the game's total with odds sitting at -125 for over nine runs and +105 for under nine. I went, most of all, to see Oakland's Reggie Jackson muscle up on a home run ball or even twist himself into a pretzel striking out and to watch Vida Blue.

The Royals are not playing almost as well and sit in last place in the AL Central at 3-8. The team has lost 3.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.1 units against the spread (ATS). Furthermore, it was a game to remember for Ohtani, who firmly cemented his status as a legitimate two-way player. He is tied with Mike Trout for the Angels' lead with 11 RBIs in 26 at-bats. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 8-5. Maybe he will eventually need to choose one discipline to focus on; maybe an injury on the base paths will scare the Angels into playing him at just pitcher; maybe he will hurt his arm and become a permanent fixture at DH; or maybe, just maybe, he is the second coming of a young Babe Ruth. On the other hand, the Royals have netted 0.0 units and are 2-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. "Three straight homers is pretty remarkable". Not possible. The guy was throwing a flawless game into the 7 inning of his 2 career start.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, who played Thursday as a designated hitter, logged his first triple since moving to the United States over the winter.

Ohtani finished the game going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Holds: Parker (1), Wood (3). He went 4-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 2017 at Kauffman Stadium. He will try to end the Royals' five-game losing skid.

0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above.600. Over their last 10 games, the Royals have been held to three runs or less in eight of them and two or less in seven of them.

Moustakas seemed to have some trouble hitting lefties at home in 2017. He allowed seven hits but just the one run on Kinsler's homer.

Paul DeJong's solo shot deep into the upper deck in center off Austin Brice (0-2) snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth.

Sheinin chronicles how grueling life can be for the reporters who must trail Ohtani at all times and chronicle his every move, and you have to imagine it's also exhausting for the famously reserved Ohtani, as well as for manager Mike Scioscia, who must field endless Ohtani questions every day, and Angels players, who have to deal with the extra media members milling around.

Ohanti is just the third player in Major League Baseball history to record two wins and hit three home runs in his team's first 10 games of a season, and the first to do so since 1919. He batted second in the first 10 games of the season. You're going to play this game in a lot of different situations over the course of a season.

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