One of the most underrated parts of the Japanese two-way sensation game Shohei ohtani is its speed. But it was on full display in the victory of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7-2 over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Globe Life Field, when he sparked a sixth-inning lead rally by hitting an infield single before stealing his 25th point guard of the season and scoring his 100th race of the year with a single by Jack Mayfield.
He put Ohtani in rare company, as became the second player in American League history with at least 45 home runs and 25 stolen bases, joining José Canseco, who accomplished the feat with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998. Canseco hit 46 shots and stole 29 bases that year:
The only other players with at least 45 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season in American League or National League history are Alfonso Soriano (2006), Chipper Jones (1999), Larry Walker (1997) and Barry Bonds (1993). ). No player has published a 50/25 season.
Ohtani, the favorite for the AL Most Valuable Player award, also reached 100 runs scored for the first time in his four-year career and became the first Angels player to score 100 runs since Mike Trout (110 in 2019), when the AL MVP won.
The last Halos player, other than Trout, to score 100 runs was Chone Figgins in 2009, while Ohtani became the third Japanese-born player to reach 100 runs scored, joining Ichiro Suzuki (eight times) and Hideki. Matsui (three times).
Canseco did not reach 100 runs in 1998, making Ohtani the first player in American League history with 45 home runs, 25 stolen bases and 100 runs scored in one season. Throw in his seven 3-pointers, AL leading, and Ohtani is the first player in American League or NL history with 45 home runs, more than 25 stolen bases, 100 runs scored and more than five 3-pointers in one year.
Ohtani won’t be pitching again this season, but he still has a chance to hit milestones as a hitter, as he is expected to be in the lineup for the club’s final four games of the season. With 45 home runs, he ranks third in the majors behind Kansas City’s Salvador Pérez (48) and Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (46).
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And Ohtani is also two RBIs away from 100. He also made 23 starts on the mound, going 9-2 with 156 strikeouts, 44 walks and 15 home runs allowed in 130 1/3 innings.