Shohei Ohtani's start pushed back from Sunday, cancelling showdown with Masahiro Tanaka
Baseball fans around the globe have been eagerly anticipating this weekend's upcoming matchup between two of the best Japanese pitchers on the planet, Shohei Ohtani and Masahiro Tanaka, but unfortunately for them, the Angels have other plans for their two-way superstar.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday that Ohtani, owner of both a 3.35 ERA and a .308/.364/.582 slash line, will have his scheduled Sunday start pushed back for "workload management" reasons.
Several Yankees players themselves were also excited to witness Ohtani pitch firsthand, in a game that was billed as "the pitching matchup heard around the world."
Ohtani was on track to face Tanaka in what would have been one of the most anticipated pitching matchups of the 2018 season, but now fans can only hope they'll get a glimpse of Ohtani's skills as he lines up in the Angels batting order.
Ohtani has been one of the most electrifying athletes to reach the Majors in decades, and he's found uncanny success on both sides of the ball despite being just 23 years old.
Tanaka first landed in America back in 2014, when he was named an American League All-Star and finished his rookie season in the Bronx with a 13-5 record and a 2.77 ERA over 20 starts. Tanaka pitched three complete games that season and showed elite mastery of the strike zone with 141 strikeouts versus just 21 walks in 136 1/3 innings.The Yankees dropped their final game of a three-game set on the road in Texas on Wednesday night by a score of 12-10, and will be looking to bounce back as they host the Angels over this weekend.
So much for the Ohtani-Tanaka showdown fans were hoping for, but it's still sure to be an exciting series in the Bronx between two top-10 teams in baseball this season.