Shohei Ohtani was named the Angels 2022 opening day starter on Friday. His selection was announced by manager Joe Maddon.
So here is the deal. We all knew this was going to happen. Shohei Ohtani is the reigning American League MVP. What may be MORE interesting is the way the six man rotation slots for the Angels following the season opener.
Ohtani will start at home against the Houston Astros on Thursday, April 7. He will presumably also serve as the Designated Hitter. A new rule will allow him to stay in the game as the DH if he is removed from the game as the pitcher.
Based on how the pitching order currently stands in Spring Training games, the pitching lineup after Ohtani will see Patrick Sandoval on the mound in the second game of the season followed by Noah Syndergaard on Saturday night (postgame firework show is scheduled). If you miss Ohtani pitching on Thursday, the Friday night game is a giveaway game featuring a Shohei Ohtani Historic Season bobblehead! It would appear the the fourth game against the Astros on Sunday afternoon April 10 will see Jose Suarez pitching with a giveaway for fans of a Shohei Ohtani clear totebag.
A quick, two-game series against the Miami Marlins ends the homestand and rounds out the pitching rotation. Current stack-up in Spring would indicate Michael Lorenzen making his Angels debut in the Monday night game against the Florida Fish and the Tuesday curtain call, a weird 4:07 PM afternoon start should see Reid Detmers take the hill.
If this is the pitching order it will see a perfect split between Right-Handers and Left-Handers in each game. After an off day, the Angels travel to Texas for four games with the Rangers and three at Houston. If the rotation holds, the Astros would see the #5 and #6 starters and then catch Ohtani in the getaway game but these things have a way of changing before the ink dries. Stay tuned!