Sean Manaea outduels Shohei Ohtani in a game that had Matt Chapman thinking about the postseason

The beauty of Shohei Ohtani is that he’s usually on the screen for quite some time whenever he plays. When his home runs travel 450 feet or leave the yard at 117 mph, you can’t help but drink in every replay and forget whatever else the Angels happen to be doing that night. When he pitches, he generally flashes some of the most powerful stuff in the majors, but ends up throwing more pitches than optimal. Those long at-bats and laborious innings lead to more airtime for Ohtani on the mound, but shorter outings for him, too.

On Friday, the Angels’ Ohtani and the A’s Sean Manaea — another pitcher with tantalizing stuff who finds himself in the “98 pitches through five innings” zone on occasion — engaged in a fascinating pitchers’ duel.


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