Shoehei Ohtani. That’s it. That’s the lede.
The Angels pitcher on Tuesday continued his ridiculous run of success, hitting his MLB-leading 27th and 28th home runs against the Yankees. Add to that his 2.58 ERA entering Tuesday’s game — and the fact that he has homered 10 times in his last 13 games — and MLB Twitter was understandably in awe of the Angels superstar.
Ohtani’s first home run — a solo bomb that pushed him past Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 26 for first place outright — came in the top of the third to cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-3. It came off a 3-1 slider from Jameson Taillon.
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Ohtani hammered another homer to right field off Taillon, though the Yankees’ lead by then had ballooned to 10-5 after the two-run shot.
Just another day in the life of the clear frontrunner for the American League MVP. As routine as excellence may be for Ohtani, Twitter was still quick to lay on the accolades for one of the most exciting players in baseball:
A guy with a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts is on pace to hit 55 homers. #Ohtani
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 29, 2021
Ohtani is simply amazing. 3rd homer in two days at Yankee Stadium. MLB-leading 28th HR. On the mound tomorrow. He’s incredible for baseball. pic.twitter.com/O0th28sxz9
— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG) June 30, 2021
Shohei Ohtani, who has a side job as a starting pitcher, has 27 home runs before the end of June. No Giants player has hit more than 27 HR in a season since Barry Bonds retired.
— Aidan Jackson-Evans (@ajacksonevans) June 30, 2021
Shohei Ohtani leads MLB with 28 homers… and is tied for the AL lead with 4 triples.
Jim Rice in 1978 is the last player to lead a league in homers & triples. He didn’t pitch at all though…
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 30, 2021
I’m gonna have to paint Ohtani, aren’t I.
— Graig Kreindler (@GraigKreindler) June 30, 2021
Remember when the #Yankees spent five years scouting Shohei Ohtani, but he went to the Angels instead? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 28, 2021
Shohei Ohtani is the first baseball player in my lifetime to make me question whether or not someone could actually be better than Pablo Sanchez pic.twitter.com/hoqrGeF5Yl
— JB (@OldTownCards) June 29, 2021