Buy or Sell: Can Shohei Ohtani Win the AL MVP and AL Cy Young?
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani. Can he win the AL Cy Young and AL MVP awards this season?
Whether Ohtani is on the bump or at the dish, he’s providing the baseball world with must-see TV and has put himself in the conversation to win two major awards this year.
Let’s look at how the Angels superstar matches up in the AL MVP and AL Cy Young races, along with whether it’s feasible for him to take home both this season.
American League Cy Young
This race is where Ohtani will need some help, along with a solid second half to dethrone the current odds-on favorite, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan. The lefty has a 10-3 record with a 1.71 ERA and an MLB-leading 147 strikeouts.
In comparison, Ohtani is 9-4 with a 2.38 ERA and 123 strikeouts in just 83 innings. The Angels right-hander has been near flawless over his past six starts, allowing just two earned runs in 32 and 2/3 innings.
If Ohtani hopes to make a second-half push for the AL Cy Young, he’ll also need to beat veteran Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.
Ohtani currently owns 9.3% of tickets and 13.5% of the handle at BetMGM, with the second most money heading in his direction behind Verlander’s 16.7%.
Looking at the AL MVP discussion, Ohtani is the odds-on favorite to takehome the award at -105. Considering his success on the mound and his numbers at the plate, it’s not difficult to understand how he’s put himself in this position.
The Angels star currently owns the highest ticket and handle percentages in the AL MVP race, boasting 16.8% of tickets and 29.8% of the handle. Big bets on the Japanese import are coming in.
Ohtani has crushed 19 home runs and driven in 56 runs, paired with a .835 OPS. Those numbers are among the top of the class in the American League.
Even though Aaron Judge is having a tremendous offensive season for the New York Yankees, Ohtani’s two-way success has made him the leader of the pack. Once the odds-on favorite, Judge is priced at +140 to win AL MVP. Sure, he has hit 33 home runs this season to lead MLB, but when’s the last time the 6’7 outfielder took the hill?
Ohtani has compiled a 4.9 WAR at the All-Star break.
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