Shohei Ohtani MVP Odds: Face of baseball still at the top despite slump
By Evan Desai
Shohei Ohtani has been slumping a little bit for the LA Angels at the plate.
In his last seven games, he’s 2 for 16 with zero home runs and zero runs batted in.
As far as his play on the mound goes, he’s still been lights out. The best pitcher on the Angels just pitched after he hadn’t been on the mound for a while due to a fluke dugout injury where a foul ball hit him in the thumb.
He dominated, going six innings while giving up just one run and walking nobody. He struck out six batters, and gave up just four hits.
Shohei Ohtani Odds to Win AL MVP
Shohei Ohtani’s performance has still warranted a commanding lead in the American League MVP betting odds. He has -900 odds to win the award, according to WynnBET, and the next closest is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at +600.
The best part about Ohtani is of course his versatility. It’s not just for the times when things are going great, however. It’s about the times like now where his offense isn’t exactly what it had been in the first half of the season, yet he’s able to make up for it on the mound.
His performance on the mound has been so dominant that he can afford slumps like this and maintain his dominant MVP status.
In 16 starts, Ohtani is 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA. That’s the fourth-best ERA in the AL. He has a 1.093 WHIP, and hitters are hitting just .190 against him, which is the best mark in the AL.
Guerrero is in second of the AL MVP odds, but obviously doesn’t look like he stands a chance now. What’s even funnier is that the next closest players are Rafael Devers and our Mike Trout, who both aren’t even close to Guerrero. They have odds of +4000.
(Let’s not, however, forget how impressive it is for Trout to be in the top four despite only playing 36 games this year.)
It’s nice that Shohei seems untouchable when it comes to winning this award, and if he can put his offensive slump to bed, he’ll pull ahead even further.