Shohei Ohtani: Historic week in baseball proves Ohtani is the AL MVP so far
By Evan Desai
Shohei Ohtani was awarded his second AL Player of the Week honor of his career for his performance last week.
Ohtani put up a historic week, winning his start on the mound by only giving up one earned run in six innings pitched; striking out five.
Offensively, Ohtani went 8 for 27 at the plate (which is a .296 batting average), with six of those eight hits being home runs. He drove in nine runs and posted an absurd 1.350 OPS. His on-base percentage was an unreal .387, and his slugging percentage was an insane .963.
Shohei Ohtani put the Vlad Jr. MVP talk to bed with his performance last week for the LA Angels.
This was a typical week for Shohei Ohtani, and a week LA Angels fans pretty much expect at this point. It feels like he makes history at the ballpark every night, and he basically does.
Nobody in the last 100 years has shown the type of versatility that Ohtani shows on a daily basis. Again, he’s not a two-way player, but a three-way player.
It’s awesome that the Angels just saw Max Stassi receive the AL Player of the Week nod, and now get Ohtani recognized that way as well. It’s even better that this week showed off once again why Ohtani is the clear MVP of the American League.
This week now put Ohtani tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the home run lead with 23 jacks. There’s been talk recently that Guerrero is the current MVP, which is straight nonsense. Now, people should realize why that’s ridiculous.
Let me get this straight. Ohtani, who now is tied for the Major League lead in home runs, is just one spot below Guerrero in OPS and slugging percentage, has just five RBI less than Guerrero despite batting in the second hole all year, and is 3-1 in ten starts on the bump with a 2.70 ERA isn’t the AL MVP right now?
That’s a legitimately horrible take. Lots can change from now until the end of the season, but the MVP right now is pretty clearly Ohtani. It’s not only just because of who he is with the bat and who he is on the rubber.
It’s that he can also play in the field, and he can fly. He has double-digit stolen bases. Guerrero Jr. has been slower than maple syrup on the base paths this year, stealing just two bags all year.
Ohtani’s week showcased for the millionth time that he’s been the most valuable player in the AL at this point. Peep these numbers:
Give me a break with this Vlad Jr. talk.
You’re embarrassing yourself.