Shohei Ohtani Odds to Win AL MVP
After Ohtani became the first player in American League history to hit 45+ home runs, 25+ stolen bases, and 100+ runs scored on Thursday, hit odds shot up on Friday.
On Friday, Ohtani’s odds improved to -5000. That’s even with the knowledge that Ohtani won’t make his final start on the mound on Sunday.
Even without Ohtani pitching the rest of the way, he still put up superb numbers on the mound this year. He made 23 starts, had a 3.18 ERA, a 1.090 WHIP, and allowed just a .207 batting average.
He was certainly the Ace of our roster, and one of the very best pitchers in the American League. He’s also the second best hitter in the American League, clubbing 45 home runs while driving in 99 runs and scoring 101 runs of his own (stats as of September 30).
He’s the fastest baserunner in the AL, and has 26 stolen bases on the year. He also played the field many times this season to keep his bat in the lineup after pitching.
That’s the common misconception right there. We call him a two-way player, but in reality he’s a three-way player.
The last time someone hit 45+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases was Alex Rodriguez in 2007. He won the MVP.
Ohtani has now done that while being one of the top starting pitchers in the Majors, and adding six more stolen bases.
Only one player has ever had 45+ homers and 25+ steals before Ohtani, in Jose Canseco in 1998.
He’s made so much history, and is having one of the two greatest seasons in baseball history. There will be idiots finding excuses to not name him the MVP, but he will rightfully be the winner.