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Shohei Ohtani Has an Infinite ERA After His First Start of the Season

In his first start since 2018, Shohei Ohtani did little to impress for the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, he didn't even record a single out.

Ohtani left the game after throwing just 30 pitches, but having allowed all six batters he faced to reach base. All told, Ohtani gave up three hits and three walks to the tune of five earned runs before being pulled. And since he left before recording an out, his 2020 ERA currently sits at infinity.



Obviously this wouldn't be too uncommon to see from a relief pitcher who gave up a home run in his first appearance and was then taken out or something — although that couldn't even happen now with the three-batter minimum — but I don't ever remember seeing a starter with an ERA of "INF" after his first game of the season.

This obviously sucks for Ohtani, but he'll bounce back. I think this performance actually reflects the worst upon C.C. Sabathia, who just this offseason called Ohtani "the greatest baseball player I've ever seen in my life."

A tough day at the office had by both, I'd say.