Shohei Ohtani Odds to Win AL MVP
Shohei Ohtani’s commanding lead in the AL MVP race won’t be going anywhere.
I originally wanted to pay those idiots no attention, but I admittedly let it get to me, and I checked WynnBET to make sure Ohtani was still blowing Vladdy out the water in the AL MVP odds list.
After all, Shohei Ohtani did end up being ruled out of his scheduled start on Friday due to soreness, and many are speculating that he may not pitch again this season. Also, Ohtani had been noticeably slumping at the plate in his last 44 games, hitting .200/.339/.379 with a .718 OPS. He’s hit just seven home runs in that stretch, and driven in just 13 runs.
He’s stolen nine bases in that time, but hit just three doubles and scored just 20 runs. Guerrero, on the other hand, looks like he may end up competing for the Triple Crown.
He will not, however, even sniff the MVP.
The odds for Shohei Ohtani have gone from -2000 on August 20th to -2500 on Friday. There’s no conversation for this. It’s over.
Vladdy’s odds have gone up from +1300 to +750. I guess that’s nice for him that they’ve improved, but they haven’t improved at the expense of Ohtani’s odds.
Luckily, this world isn’t dumb enough to give Guerrero the MVP because of a potential Triple Crown and a potential playoff appearance.
Would the Triple Crown be an extremely impressive feat that will go down in history as one of the best offensive performances of all time? Absolutely.
However, Ohtani’s having the greatest season in baseball history period. As of Friday, he had hit 44 home runs, which was just one less than Guerrero’s total. He had 94 RBI, and a .598 slugging percentage, which is just 0.013 less than Vlad Jr.’s.
Ohtani has a .957 OPS, and is the fastest baserunner in the game while Vlad is as slow as molasses…literally. Guerrero has four stolen bases compared to Ohtani’s 23 (again, all stats in this article are as of when Friday’s odds were put out).
Ohtani has been the second-best offensive player in baseball while also being 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA on the bump. He has a 1.118 WHIP, and is the best pitcher on the Angels. He even started the All-Star Game on the mound, while also starting it as a DH.
The fact that there are people who think that Ohtani isn’t deserving of the MVP is straight comedy. Shohei getting snubbed is not going to happen, and it absolutely shouldn’t happen.