The month of June was unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Shohei Ohtani. After a historic month, Ohtani was named the American League Player of the Month.
At the plate, Ohtani started 23 games and hit .309/.423/.889/1.312 with 13 homers and 23 runs driven in. Over a stretch from June 18-June 30, Ohtani hit nine homers with 16 runs driven in while posting an astonishing OPS of 1.464.
Prior to his final outing of the month in New York, Ohtani was also fantastic on the mound as well. Over his first four starts, he posted an ERA of 2.35. Through 23 innings, Ohtani had 32 strikeouts and issued only five walks. As I mentioned, his final start against the Yankees really hurt all his pitching numbers, but 2⁄3 an inning shouldn’t ruin what an incredible month on the mound he truly had was.
Ohtani and Mike Trout named All-Star starters
Speaking of Ohtani, he was named a starter in the All-Star Game for the American League along with his teammate, Mike Trout. Ohtani, his first career selection, will be the designated hitter in the game. It’s unclear yet if he’ll also pitch.
Trout, who was selected for a ninth time, was named a starting outfielder, but he won’t participate in the game as he recovers from a calf injury.