Ohtani should get an immediate spot in the front of the rotation for the Angels, who have endured brutal injuries to their starting pitchers in recent years.
Los Angeles’ ostensible ace is Garrett Richards, but he has been limited to 62 1/3 innings over the past two seasons. The rotation also currently includes Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs, who have all dealt with major injury setbacks.
So how does the NFC playoff picture change now? We asked our panel of ESPN NFL insiders to weigh in:
Scouts are more divided on Ohtani’s ability to hit big-league pitching consistently, but the Angels intend to find out. He hit .332 in 65 games with eight homers and 31 RBIs last season, occasionally unleashing the tape-measure blasts that had teams salivating.
Roethlisberger is sacked on first down and completes a short pass one play later. Pittsburgh will face a third-and-13 following the two-minute warning.
After the first play, Seahawks defensive Michael Bennett and Jaguars center Brandon Linder wrestled each other on the ground. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette shoved Bennett during the ensuing melee. Those two were also flagged for unnecessary roughness while Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch.
Arians turned 65 in October and has suffered health-related issues in recent years serious enough to keep him from his coaching duties for short periods of time. That being said, Arians didn’t sound like he was in a retirement state of mind when asked about his future plans.
Pederson ‘has confidence’ in Foles: Wentz’s departure from the Eagles’ game against the Rams forced Philly to turn to Nick Foles, but, aided by a strong late effort from the defense, the backup delivered.