With baseball’s first month in the books, Shohei Ohtani is on pace to have his best season yet. The former MVP is hitting the ball well and has been the best pitcher in baseball in 2023. Despite having Mike Trout, Ohtani is the biggest reason why the Angels have been able to keep their record above .500. It’s been an incredible start, and there are no signs he is slowing down.
Below we will break down the case for Ohtani to win his second AL MVP, explore the rest of the field, and discuss how Ohtani could lose the award. While sports betting sites have the dual threat as a heavy favorite (+105 at FanDuel sportsbook), the season is young and the AL is stacked with talent. This begs the question: Can anything stop Ohtani?