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Tough Night For ShoTime

The most anticipated April baseball game in the history of the sport didn't live up to the hype.

April 18, 2018 - 1:40 pm

The most anticipated April baseball game in the history of the sport didn't live up to the hype. Not that it ever had a chance. Because in a sold out Big A, with the 13-and-2 Red Sox in town ready to face off with the 13-and-3 Angels and Shohei Otani on the bump, it took exactly one batter to know that this wasn't going to be a fair fight. 

Because Mookie Betts strolled to the dish in the top of the 1st with bad intentions. And he wasn't in SoCal to get a taste of Ohtani Time. He was here to drop bombs.

That's 97 coming in. 105 going out. The first of three round-trips Mookie took around the Big A. And just like that, the route was on. 

Red Sox 10, Angels 1. Ohtani Six Outs. Boston Six Bombs. And on a night where everybody came to see what Ohtani would do against the hottest team in baseball, you better have got there early. Because it wasn't pretty. It was SHO-HEY-OH-WHAT-YA GONNA DO?

Look, this kid gave us the greatest three weeks ever. At the plate. On the bump. But he's still just a kid. He's still a 23-year-old, playing in America and the Big Leagues for the first time. A rookie with zero time in the minors learning as he goes. And after running the Oakland A's through the woodchipper a couple times it was the Red Sox's turn to put the blade to Ohtani. So if you coughed up major jack to get a ducet and you were stuck sitting in traffic at first pitch, there's a pretty good chance you weren't even in the parking lot by the time Shohei's night was over.  

Now, technically a blister ended Shohei's night. But after a dozen batters, 66 pitches, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and that Betts bomb, he wasn't running back onto the bump regardless. But nothing that happened in a couple innings takes away what's happened the last couple weeks. Nights like this will happen. Especially for a power pitcher who isn't in command of his fastball. And only threw 10 of your 29 off-speed pitches for strikes. And if he's not missing bats, like Ohtani did better than anybody else in baseball his first two starts. And when you're facing a professional lineup of hitters like the Sox, who work pitchers better than any lineup in baseball. Then it’s not going well for anyone. Even this guy.

So you may have came for ShoTime. You left watching the Mookie Batts Show. And even if it wasn't what you paid to see, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound sledgehammer put on a freaking display while giving Shohei his welcome to the big league's moment. 

So it's a tough, tough night for Otani Time. But a night he'll be better for in the long run.   Nothing Is ever as good or bad as it seems. Just come in here with your lava take about how this guy is the most overrated athlete in the history of the world, because you’ll just walk it back when jacks a couple of more or locks someone else up from the bump; because you know those two days are coming.