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AL MVP prediction and odds: Angels ace Shohei Ohtani is still the game


Jimmie Foxx, Hal Newhouser, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Frank Thomas and Miguel Cabrera. Do you know what these seven names have in common? They are the only ones to have won two American League MVP titles. Do you know who is next to join this list? The two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtani.

And with +100 odds still available on Ohtani for AL MVP via FanDuel, you need to jump on it now. Every sportsbook has Ohtani as a current favorite for AL MVP, but none offer odds of +100 or better other than FanDuel. It’s as good as it gets.

Ohtani definitely had a better first half offensively in 2021 — led MLB with 33 home runs, .698 hitting percentage, .419 lone power and four triples — compared to this season. But he was a much better pitcher heading into the All-Star break this year — 9-4 with a 2.38 ERA in 15 starts and the second-best SO/9 (12.72) in baseball — than he did. was last year. And “Showtime” is better than ever right now. In his last six starts, Ohtani is 6-0 with a tiny 0.45 ERA. It’s getting better, though. During that 39.2 innings pitched span, Ohtani allowed just two runs, struck out 58 batters, walked just 11 and allowed just 20 hits. Not bad is not it ?

Best of all, he doesn’t need to stay so dominant to repeat himself as an MVP. If Ohtani can hit 30 homers, drive 80 runs, steal 20 bases, win 11 games, strike out 160 and make 20-25 starts — all stats he’s about to meet or surpass — he won’t there’s no reason Ohtani shouldn’t repeat as the AL MVP. Is it fair to other position players, especially Aaron Judge, that Ohtani impacts the game in more than one way? Maybe, maybe not. But who spoke of just and unjust?

As we saw last year and years past, Ohtani playing in a bad team doesn’t matter. The fact that he doesn’t play on the field – apart from when he throws – doesn’t matter. Until Ohtani misses significant time due to injury for the remainder of the season, it will be difficult, near impossible for anyone to win AL MVP. Ohtani may not win by unanimous decision like he did a year ago, but he should still win.

The Play: Bet Shohei Ohtani for AL MVP (+100 odds via FanDuel)



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