Shohei Ohtani Odds to Win AL MVP
His MVP odds are at -650, and the next closest player is Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is at +400.
It makes perfect sense, as Shohei Ohtani is both the best hitter in the American League, and one of the best pitchers in the American League. He leads the league with 37 home runs, and a .667 slugging percentage.
Ohtani also has a .272 batting average and a .362 on-base percentage. He has 15 stolen bases on the year, and has driven in 82 RBI.
Again, this is all while being the Ace of the Angels’ starting rotation. He has a 3.04 ERA on the mound with a 5-1 record in 15 starts. He’s sixth in the AL in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.25, and has a top nine ERA in the American League.
Opposing hitters are hitting .187 against him. He’s been amazing, and I haven’t even mentioned that he can play the outfield too.
His fWAR on the mound is 1.9, and his fWAR as a DH is 4.4. That combined WAR is almost a full win over Guerrero.
This is the same guy who was the starting DH and starting pitcher for the AL All-Star team. If that doesn’t show that he’s the most valuable player in the AL, then I don’t know what does.
Ohtani’s teammate Mike Trout is tied for third for the award with Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers. With Trout missing in action this year, however, it’s Ohtani’s time to win the award.