Shohei Ohtani MVP Odds: ShoTime gains ground in AL MVP race

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Shohei Ohtani Odds to Win AL MVP

Shohei Ohtani has been sensational for the LA Angels this season, but Ohtani has been particularly sensational this past week.

A week ago, I took a look at Ohtani’s MVP odds, and he was at -650. Today, he’s looking at -1200.

The even more interesting observation from the odds is that Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who’s second in the race, is set at +700. He was at +400 last week, so his chances have gone far down as Ohtani’s have gone way up.

So Ohtani’s gained some serious ground here. It’s pretty clear as to how he’s done it.

Last week, he batted .308/.379/.654 with two bombs and knocked in four runs (while batting leadoff for much of that span). It’s a huge difference from where he was at previously.

In the 11 games prior to last week, he hit .138/.306/.207 with no home runs and just one RBI. He was visibly slumping, but has since found his mojo again.

And on the mound, Ohtani was lights out yet again. He never dipped in his production on the mound during his offensive slump, which is how I knew he’d eventually find himself at the plate again. He hadn’t lost himself mentally, as he was still performing great on the mound.

In his one start this past week, he went six innings and gave up just two earned. He only walked three batters, and struck out six hitters.

The notion that Guerrero was ever in the MVP race was laughable. Guerrero is no Ace, nor has he ever even stepped foot on the mound.

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I’m glad Ohtani is getting his credit when he deserves it, and it’s only been getting better and better for the two-way superstar.