Oddsmakers See Ohtani as Runaway AL MVP Winner

Ohtani Potential AL MVP

  • Shohei Ohtani coasting to AL MVP
  • Ohtani Rests at Fifth for AL Cy Young
  • Padres’ Fernando Tatis is Still Favorite for NL Cy Young

According to Bovada and other sportsbooks, Angels outfielder/pitcher Shohei Ohtani is destroying any competition for the AL MVP as he is catching (-5000) odds with only 18 games remaining in the Angels’ MLB season.

Ohtani has a major league-leading 44 home runs and 94 RBI as he has posted 123 hits in 136 games. On the mound, he is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA as he has given up only 99 hits in 115.1 innings pitched while striking out 136 batters.

Bovada lists Blue Jays teammates Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., (+1500) and Marcus Semien at (+6600) as the closest threats to Ohtani. Oakland’s Matt Olson and Rafael Devers of the Red Sox post at (+6600) as well.

While Ohtani is a steady (-5000), some sports books have an even wider differentiation between Guerrero and Semien as Guerrero has been seen as low as (+1400) while Semien checks in at (+9000). Oddsmakers tie Olson (+9000) with Semien and then some of the sportsbooks have Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu even with Devers at (+10000). The highest odds where Ohtani has been seen is (-7000) while his lead has bourgeoned since the all-star break.

On July 14, Ohtani sat at (-290) while Guerrero was chasing him at (+210). Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (+4000) was in third, but has faded since then.

Ironically:
When the season started, Ohtani’s teammate with the Angels, Mike Trout, was the favorite for the AL MVP at (+220) while Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (+1100), New York’s Aaron Judge (+1200), Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez (+1300) and the Angels’ Anthony Rendon (+1700) posted to round out the top five.

As you see, none of those five players transferred the preseason AL MVP accolades to the season as such.

Ohtani Cy-tings

Obviously, it’s an anomaly when we see any player in the AL MVP balloting and the Cy Young. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was the last hurler who won the MVP back in 2014.

Ohtani brings the fifth-best odds to win the AL Cy Young at a distant (+5000).

New York Yankee starter Gerrit Cole (-140) has a slight edge of the Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray (+160) and then Chicago White Sox ace Lance Lynn (+350) is still in the mix. Lynn’s teammate Carlos Rodon (+1800) sits fourth.

In the preseason odds for the award:
Cole was was the favorite at (+350) while Cleveland’s Shane Bieber was a close (+400). Interestingly, it was Lucas Giolito (+450) of the White Sox, not Lynn or Rodon, who was considered in the mix. The Rays’ Tyler Glasnow (+950) and the Blue Jays’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (+1300).

Ohtani was nowhere in sight of Cy Young accolades in the preseason.

Flip to the NL for Some MVP Noise

Although the San Diego Padres have faded over the last six weeks, the electricity and production of Fernando Tatis, Jr., continues to make him the favorite to win the NL MVP. Tatis has hit 38 home runs and connected on 90 RBIs while banking 115 hits and supplying San Diego with a .283 batting average.

Tatis checks in at (-205) to take home the NL MVP as Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is the closest competition at (+275) odds as of now.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers’ Max Muncy check-in at (+1200).

Some online sportsbooks have an even wider lead for Tatis as he posts a (-250) while Harper (+350) and Muncy (+1000) check in by placing second ad third.

Muncy was ahead of Harper and Freeman three days ago when Tatis was posting a (-275) advantage and Muncy (+600) was second in the race with Harper (+800) and Freeman (+900) following him.

Muncy was in position to challenge Tatis at the end of August, but he had gone 9-for-46 at the plate in September so far with only three home runs and six RBI.

NL Cy-Stuff

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a line on the NL Cy Young as Max Scherzer, who came into Los Angeles from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline, is carrying a small lead (+105) over Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (+160).

Scherzer has been an incredible 6-0 in eight starts with the Dodgers and has crafted a 0.88 ERA with 72 strikeouts and only five walks during that time.

LA also boasts Walker Buehler (+300) who has had the top odds at several points in August and early September.

He is 14-3 with a 2.32 ERA.

The Braves’ Ronald Acuña, Jr., (+550) was the odds on favorite at the beginning of the season with the Nationals’ Juan Soto and the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts at (+750).

Padres Grasping for Wild Card

Tatis is the unabated leader of the San Diego Padres and he has been a catalyst to have his team in the wild card race throughout the season.

However, San Diego has swooned due to inconsistency in hitting since as they have had a 13-23 record since August 1. The Padres stand one game back of Cincinnati Reds for the second wild card in the NL as of today.

San Diego is at (-280) to not make it to the playoffs while the Padres entertain a (+220) to make it to the second season. The Reds’ (-135) odds to not make the playoffs vs. (+115) to make the playoffs gives Cincinnati an advantage via the oddsmakers.

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