It’s sure to change Major League Baseball history…but it’s not No. 1?
ESPN compiled the Award Index (AXE) Leaders for the American League MVP race on Nov. 19 to check in on the race for the American League Cy Young Award. In the National League MVP race the day before, Kim Ha-Sung (San Diego Padres) made headlines by finishing fifth. On this day, Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) stood out.
After converting the numbers from various baseball statistical sites and MLB.com stats into points, it’s clear that Ohtani has no competition in the American League MVP race. Ohtani is in first place with 168.1 points. That’s a whopping 29 points ahead of second-place Corey Seager (Texas Rangers, 139.1).
Ohtani has also been outstanding as a hitter this season. In 121 games, he’s batting .452 with 139 doubles, 43 home runs, 89 RBIs, 94 runs scored, a .668 slugging percentage, a .407 OPS, and a 1.075 OPS. He’s on pace to win the batting triple crown. The impact is overwhelming.
But because Ohtani is a two-way player, his stats and points are bound to pile up more than those of a player who only hits or pitches. ESPN’s rankings of the American League MVPs 3-10 are also very close. Marcus Semien (Texas Rangers, 136.9 points), Kyle Tucker (Houston Astros, 134.9 points), and Luis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox, 134.0 points) are third through fifth. However, the gap between them and Ohtani is quite large.
According to ESPN, “Ohtani will be a unanimous MVP even if he misses the season finale. He would become the first player in history to win a second unanimous MVP award.” This means that there is nothing wrong with a unanimous MVP even if the season ends now. It’s hard to win unanimous MVP once, and Ohtani is on track to become the first two-time unanimous MVP in Major League Baseball.카지노사이트
It’s interesting to see a player on the verge of winning two MVP awards, both unanimously, when it’s so hard to win one. According to ESPN, the American League’s Cy Young Award winner is Gerrit Cole, who has a nine-year, $324 million ($435.1 million) contract. He has 143.2 points.
In 25 starts this season, Cole is 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA, 166 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings, a 1.05 WHIP, and a .214 batting average. That’s a clear edge over Ohtani, who is 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 22 games, 165 strikeouts in 130⅔ innings with a 0.185 BABIP and a 1.06 WHIP. Ohtani leads Cole only in strikeouts. He ranks fifth with 131.0.
“Cole is starting to pull away from other uninspiring candidates,” ESPN said. After Cole, Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins, 137.1), Nathan Eovaldi (Texas Rangers, 134.2), and George Kirby (Seattle Mariners, 133.8) are second through fourth.