Angels Shohei Ohtani to start vs. Mariners on rare six days’ rest

Shohei will be on the mound for Ohtani. los angeles angels against friday night seattle mariners in Anaheim, California, after his worst start to the season

Ohtani, a right-hander, allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings against the Houston Astros last Friday, raising his ERA from 2.91 to a season-high 3.30. The nine hits allowed were the most in a game against him all season, and the five runs he surrendered were a season-worst.

angelswho have won four games in a row use a six-man starting rotation, giving starters an extra day between starts, but it’s geared more toward Ohtani than anyone else, considering he’s a is also an everyday player

Ohtani (5-2, 3.30 ERA) has had five days of rest between starts on the mound all season, except for one start when he had three days off after a two-inning, 31-pitch outing. Friday, however, Ohtani will pitch for the first time on six days’ rest. angels Manager Phil Nevin used Monday’s holiday to push everyone back a day

“His stuff is still very crisp,” Nevin said. “Moreso as I start to go through this, we’re seeing [the potential of] over 200 innings for the first time in his career. He’s reaching places he hasn’t gone before. So I thought it was good to give him an extra day now.”

In his first six starts of the season, Ohtani went 4–0 with a 1.85 ERA; In his last six starts, he is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA.

Otani has hit for a high average when he starts on the mound, batting .362 (17-for-47). However, he hasn’t hit for power, hitting just one of his 16 home runs in games he pitches.

Ohtani has pitched well against Seattle in his career, going 5–0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts.

Right-hander Luis Castillo (4-3, 2.55) will make his 13th start of the season. mariners, they closed angels on two hits for 5 2/3 innings in his only start against them on April 4 of this year. Overall, he is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over three career starts. angels

Castillo has turned things around since giving up a season-worst seven runs (five earned) in a loss to the Boston Red Sox on May 16. In three starts since then, he has allowed just one run in 19 innings, striking out 24.

“I feel extraordinary,” Castillo said through an interpreter. “Thank God I’ve had the help I’ve had. I’ll just keep doing what I do best, and hopefully we’ll see.”

Castillo said using his secondary pitches at the right times, especially his slider, has made a difference.

“They’re doing a really good job for me,” he said. “These are the secondary pitches, to keep the batsmen guessing and confused as to what’s coming next.

“The only (other) difference is we’ve been putting in more time with the pitching coach (Pete Woodworth) and my confidence has grown, which is why I’m getting the results.”

– Field Level Media