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Shohei Ohtani's Dinger-Smoking Heroics Cut Short By Injured Ankle

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Shohei Ohtani smoked another home run Friday night, his fourth of the season. This one came off a sizzling 97-mph fastball from Yankees pitcher Luis Severino that appeared to be well off the plate inside:


I have no idea whether this next stat is true, but anyway I for sure know that pulling a 97-mph inside fastball out of the damn yard like that is cool as shit:

It wasn’t all good-ass highlights for Ohtani Friday night: he was replaced in the lineup in the fifth inning after he turned his ankle sprinting to first in an attempt to beat out a broken-bat grounder up the right side. Ohtani stepped on the outside of the bag while at a dead sprint—the dreaded move that once nuked Jason Kendall’s leg—and appeared to roll his left ankle. Don’t freak out! Ohtani made his own way off the field with just a slight limp, and the Angels say it’s no big deal:


Because it will never stop being hilarious and awesome for as long as it’s true: Ohtani leads Angels starters in WHIP, at 1.131, and leads all Angels hitters who’ve had at least 10 plate appearances in OPS, at 1.065. I don’t care if he turns into a pumpkin tomorrow; today he is a damn superhero.

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