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Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Is In Awe of Shohei Ohtani

If there’s a theme coming out of the Los Angeles Dodgers these days, it’s that practically everyone is in disbelief of Shohei Ohtani. The Dodgers, of course, had an idea of what they were bringing in when they signed arguably MLB’s best and most talented player to a record-setting $700 million contract in free agency.

That doesn’t mean Ohtani’s new teammates aren’t blown away by his performance game in and game out.

Legendary Dodgers pitcher and three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw is the latest Dodger to express his amazement at what Ohtani is achieving during his latest hot streak.

“I don’t remember him even being this good in Anaheim,” Kershaw told Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser during Monday’s broadcast on SportsNet LA. “I don’t remember him ever being on this kind of tear. This is unbelievable. Every ball that he hits, he’s just so strong. I don’t get it. I don’t think anybody does. He’s just amazing.”

Ohtani has been phenomenal as of late, and especially since May began. He currently has hit a home run in three consecutive games and has 10 hits, six runs, four home runs, eight RBIs, and four stolen bases in four games through the start of May. He’s also slashing .667/.722/1.467 to begin the month. The highlight of his month? Ohtani’s performance on Sunday, when he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

Overall this season, Ohtani is slashing .370/.434/.705 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs. He ranks first in MLB in batting average and home runs, despite getting off to a relatively slow start this season for his standards.

Kershaw joins teammates like Walker Buehler, Mookie Betts, and Max Muncy among others who cannot help but continually praise Ohtani. The Dodgers are simply fortunate to have Ohtani on their team for the future, and can only imagine what else he can accomplish with the organization.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.

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