MLB Staff of the Week: Shohei Ohtani cannot cease making historical past

By Ben Verlander
FOX Sports activities MLB Analyst

Final week, Shohei Ohtani put collectively the most effective back-to-back video games within the historical past of Major League Baseball.

On Tuesday night time, the reigning AL MVP hit not one, however two three-run house runs, one in every of which got here as a game-tying house run within the ninth inning. He finally wound up with eight RBIs, a career-high for him.


The next day, he occurred to be the Angels’ beginning pitcher, and he went eight innings on the mound, permitting solely two hits and putting out a career-high 13 batters. In back-to-back nights he recorded two separate profession highs. Moreover, Ohtani grew to become the primary participant in historical past with eight or extra RBIs and 10 or extra strikeouts in back-to-back nights — no other player in history has completed each of these at any level of their careers.

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Ben Verlander reacts to back-to-back unimaginable outings from Shohei Ohtani this week.


Ohtani seemingly does issues each week which have by no means been seen earlier than; this previous week was no totally different.

Welcome to my MLB Staff of the Week, the place we spotlight the gamers who had standout performances over the previous seven days, led this week by none aside from Ohtani at two totally different positions: designated hitter and beginning pitcher.


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C: Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers

On the week, Smith hit .423 with three homers and 6 RBIs. He is additionally sporting an eight-game hitting streak, which incorporates 4 multi-hit video games. After a little bit of a sluggish begin, Smith appears to be heating up.

1B: Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers

Freeman had a complete of 5 house runs within the first 64 video games of the season. In his previous seven video games, he added three and drove in 11 runs on high of that to the tune of a .417 batting for the week.

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2B: Isaac Paredes, Tampa Bay Rays

At one level final week, Paredes had 5 house runs in 12 at-bats over three video games. He additionally grew to become the primary Rays participant in franchise historical past to hit a house run in 4 straight at-bats. He ended the week hitting .471 5 house runs and eight RBIs.

3B: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

Bregman is heating up on the plate for the Astros with three straight multi-hit video games final week. He hit .400 on the week with two house runs and 5 RBIs. A kind of house runs kicked off that huge Astros-at-Yankees collection within the first inning.

SS: Javier Baez, Detroit Tigers

What per week it was for Baez, who’s at present one of many streakiest hitters in baseball. He had been chilly for a lot of the season, however he is now beginning to hit nearly every thing. Final week, Baez had a grand slam and hit .478 with three complete homers and 7 RBIs. When Baez is sizzling, be careful.

OF: Jesse Winker, Seattle Mariners

Winker has reached base in seven consecutive video games, however that streak will nearly actually come to an finish as he is dealing with a suspension after the massive brawl in Anaheim on Sunday. Earlier than that, Winker hit .450 with two homers and 6 RBIs for the week.

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The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels bought into an enormous brawl after pitcher Andrew Watnz drilled Jesse Winker with a pitch.

OF: Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox

Robert is one in every of eight gamers with 30-plus hits in June to this point, and he leads the White Sox with 69 hits this season. Robert is coming off one other nice week by which he hit .375 with eight RBIs.

OF: Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

To date in June, Alvarez leads MLB in batting common (.411), on base share (.488), slugging share (.822), OPS (1.310), and RBIs (26). On the season, he leads all gamers in OPS. And as soon as once more, he had one other nice week for the Astros.

CP: Jorge Lopez, Baltimore Orioles

Coming into the week, Jorge Lopez has had 14 straight appearances with out permitting an earned run. He has been excellent for the Orioles this season and tallied three extra saves this week whereas solely giving up one hit.

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Outdated Dominion College earlier than he joined his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round decide of the Tigers in 2013. He spent 5 years within the Tigers group. Comply with him on Twitter @BenVerlander.

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