Triple digits. Triple freaking digits.
On their own, a 100 mph fastball is special, but not shocking, and a ball hit with an exit velocity above 100 is good, but not super special. But for the same guy to do that in the same inning, as a pitcher and a hitter? That’s unprecedented.
That’s Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani hit triple digits three times in the top of the first inning as a pitcher. He hit 100.6 mph against Adam Eaton and then touched 100.1 and 100.5 against Jose Abreu.
Then, batting as a pitcher for the first time in his career, he crushed the first pitch he saw from Dylan Cease way over the fence in right-center. The exit velocity on that home run?
Oh, just 115.2 mph. Incredible.
Go ahead, watch it again. And again. The sound that ball made was pretty amazing, too.
Oh, and for Ohtani the pitcher, the triple-digit heat isn’t the only thing that makes him tough to hit.
Filthy. Here’s hoping Ohtani stays healthy this year.