Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani

DH - ANA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210 lbs
Age: 27
College: None
Los Angeles Angels

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The ScoreMLB Wednesday best bets: Expect fireworks in Anaheim

We have a fun-sized but manageable seven-game slate Wednesday night. Let's take a closer look at a couple of my favorite plays.Reds' 1st 5 innings (-150) vs. Cubs, 6:40 p.m. ETOn the surface, this is one of tonight's least appealing games. The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs have combined to go 30-54 this season and the projected starters, Kyle Hendricks and Luis Castillo, both sport ERAs above five.We're going to bet it anyway because value is value, and there's value in backing the Reds inside the first five innings.We'll start with the pitching matchup. Hendricks has really labored this season, performing more poorly than his counting stats suggest. He owns a 5.54 FIP, second-worst among Wednesday's starters, and his K-BB% of 8.5% is also near the bottom of the barrel. He can get hit around, especially by lefties.The Reds are projected to start four left-handed hitters, headlined by Joey Votto. Tommy Pham, while struggling, has historically hit righties well, and Brandon Drury owns a .250 ISO against them this season.As a whole, the Reds have enjoyed plenty of success against right-handed pitching of late. They rank 10th in team ISO and 16th in wOBA against righties in May. Pretty good!The picture isn't as bright for the Cubs. For one, they own a .296 wOBA against righties this month, putting them 24th in the majors.While Castillo's ERA in the early going isn't impressive, his underlying metrics suggest he's been better than advertised. He owns a 4.02 FIP and 3.79 SIERA, indicating his 4.60 ERA is a little undeserved. Part of the issue is a 65.8% strand rate, which should regress favorably.Given the way the Reds are currently hitting righties and the pitching advantage, I have no problem if you want to take things one step further and back them -0.5 (-110) over the first five innings.Rangers @ Angels over 8.5 runs (-120), 9:38 p.m. ETIf you like offense, this should be the game for you, as the pitching matchup - Glenn Otto versus Reid Detmers - isn't exactly must-see TV.Otto ranks last among all of Wednesday's starters in FIP (5.63) and SIERA (5.11) while slotting second last in terms of HR/FB rate. He gives up a lot of home runs and a lot of walks. That's not ideal against anybody, let alone an offense like the Los Angeles Angels possess.They have mashed right-handed pitching all season, particularly on home soil. They rank third in the majors in both wOBA (.345) and ISO (.190) when playing in their own park. With the likes of Taylor Ward and Jared Walsh stepping up to support superstars like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the Angels' dangerous lineup should score its share of runs, win or lose.This is also a good spot for the Texas Rangers' offense. Detmers owns a 4.15 ERA despite allowing a .172 batting average on balls put in play. Put another way, he's giving up runs even though an unsustainable amount of contact is leading to outs. That number should regress quite a bit and, when it does, the runs will follow.The Rangers hit lefties pretty well too: They sit 11th in the majors in ISO (.155) and 12th in wRC+ (104) against left-handed pitching. Considering Detmers' counting stats aren't good and yet remain more encouraging than his underlying metrics, Texas' bats could be in for a good night.Simply put, the combination of firepower and poor pitching in this game figures to lead to a lot of offense.Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

FOX SportsAngels' Shohei Ohtani throwing harder, rising to 'another level'

Though he started slowly at the plate, Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has kicked it up a notch on the mound, writes Pedro Moura.

Source: FOX Sports
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

FOX SportsShohei Ohtani News: Ohtani's bat is starting to heat up I Flippin' Bats

Ben Verlander gives you everything Ohtani related in "This Week in Shohei Ohtani news." Ben talks about how Ohtani's bat is starting to heat up, how consistency is key for Ohtani and how much work Ohtani puts in behind the scenes.

Source: FOX Sports
Monday, May 23, 2022

Yahoo SportsOhtani, Trout HRs back Sandoval in Angels 4-1 win over A s

Shohei Ohtani hit a leadoff home run and Mike Trout added a solo bomb in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics

Source: Yahoo Sports
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Yahoo SportsShohei Ohtani's leadoff home run

Shohei Ohtani hammers a leadoff home run to center field for his 9th homer of the season, putting the Angels on the board in the 1st

Source: Yahoo Sports
Sunday, May 22, 2022


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