Shohei Ohtani has finally become the Major League Baseball marvel everyone hoped he would be.
The 26-year-old's play on the mound and at the plate has him leading the American League MVP race with -125 odds, according to BetOnline.ag. The next closest player is Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at +800.
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In 39 games this season, Ohtani is slashing .271/.323/.632 with 14 homers, 33 RBI and six stolen bases. On the mound, he's 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA, 1.208 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.
Ohtani's rise to the top of the odds list comes after his teammate, Mike Trout, was ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a calf strain. Trout had been the AL MVP favorite prior to his injury.
Ohtani's hot start has led to praise from several players across MLB. New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman called the Japan native a "mythical legend" who everyone in the league "is in awe of."
Ohtani is a mythical legend in human form. What he’s doing is beyond incredible. Everyone in the big leagues is in awe of his talent. After games, I be running to my phone to check and see what Ohtani did on the night! Lol— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 19, 2021
Trevor May, Stroman's teammate, also lauded Ohtani, and he even included an ode to his good looks.
I can deal with Ohtani having a superior arm and bat than me... but does he have to be better looking too?— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) May 19, 2021
If he continues to produce at the rate he has early on, there's no doubt that Ohtani should be named MVP.