MLB Odds

American League MVP Is Now Two Man Race

Iain MacMillan
Jun 7, 2021, 10:55 AM EDT
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Shohei Ohtani are in a two man race for AL MVP.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Shohei Ohtani are in a two man race for AL MVP. / Adam Hunger/Getty Images

We’re only in June, and already the American League MVP race is down to two men.

WynnBET has released the latest odds to win the award, and it’s Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. a step above the rest. Ohtani is listed as the current betting favorite at +115 (bet $100 to profit $115), and Guerrero Jr. is close behind him at +200 (bet $100 to profit $200).

The next closest name on the odds list is the Twins outfielder, Byron Buxton, whose odds are listed at +1000.

Ohtani, who is serving as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels, continues to wow baseball fans with a season we haven’t seen the likes of since Babe Ruth. 

As a batter, he’s hit 16 home runs, which is only two off the Major League lead of 18. He also has a batting average of .256 while racking up eight stolen bases.

As a pitcher, he has an ERA of 2.76 while sporting a 1.157 WHIP and a 12.8 K/9 strikeout rate. He’s basically a top 10 hitter and top 10 starting pitcher wrapped up in one. If that doesn’t scream MVP, I don’t know what does.

Meanwhile, Guerrero Jr. has been lighting it up offensively and leads in several offensive categories this season. He leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs (18), OBP (.436), and OPS (1.098). He also leads the American League in batting average (.333) and he’s third in the Majors in RBIs at 47.

He's been a big part of the Toronto Blue Jays success this year, as they sport a respectable 30-27 record in the ultra competitive American League East.

As a cherry on top, he’s doing it all at just 22 years of age.

The American League has been blessed with high level talent this season, and watching the MVP race between Ohtani and Guerrero Jr. throughout the rest of the season will be nothing short of electric.

Meanwhile, the race of National League MVP is crowded at the top.