Curt Schilling Breaks Down Insane Shohei Ohtani Stat As Two-Way Star Continues To Do Freakish Things

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Shohei Ohtani is the best player in Major League Baseball. Nobody does it like the 28-year-old two-way star and it seems like he only continues to get better.

His best outing of the young season came on Friday against a weak Kansas City Royals lineup. Ohtani mowed down 11 and gave up just two hits and two walks in seven innings of scoreless baseball.

Ohtani has allowed just eight hits, has not given up a home run and has casually struck out 38 batters throughout the season. He is fifth in the MLB with 28 innings pitched, second in the league with an astonishing 0.64 ERA, top-10 in strikeouts and first in WAR.

Perhaps most impressively, opposing batters are hitting just .092 against Ohtani. It is the lowest opposing batting average in MLB history through five starts since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893.

Ohtani has been lights out, but one particular stat stands out above the rest.

Opposing teams typically start to figure a pitcher out during its third time through the lineup. It’s not a perfect science, but generally speaking, the third time through a lineup is where batters begin to find their groove.

Not with Shohei Ohtani. Not this year.

24 batters have faced Ohtani in the same game for a third time this season. Not one of them have reached base.

Hitters are 0-24 in their third at-bat against Ohtani, and 15 of them have been sat down on strikes.

Curt Schilling recently explained just how insane that stat is on The Curt Schilling Baseball Show:

And then it gets even crazier when you factor-in Ohtani’s prowess at the plate. He’s hitting .266 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 92 plate appearances thus far this year and made history with his outing on Friday.

Ohtani has said before that he loves to hit when he’s on the bump. It allows himself, as a batter, to help himself out, as a pitcher, with some run support.

That led him to a historic three-start stretch this year.

Ohtani allowed just three hits, total, in his last three starts. He has had four hits at the plate in that same timespan.

Ohtani became the first pitcher since Schoolboy Rowe in 1934 (!!) to have more hits at the plate than hits allowed on the mound over a three-start span with at least 15 innings pitched. It has been 88 years.

If all of that insanity wasn’t enough, here he is beating out a ground ball to first base:

Is there anything that Ohtani can’t do?!

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.

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