Shohei Ohtani AL MVP Odds: Angels Might Just Be Too Bad This Year

Shohei Ohtani AL MVP odds are available at sportsbooks throughout the US. The Japanese-born superstar is trying to become the first repeat MVP winner since 2013, when Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera accomplished it.

As a stellar starting pitcher and slugger at the plate, Ohtani has not one, but two ways to wow MVP voters. The Los Angeles Angels’ most popular player has a chance to win the award in the American League again.

The smallest Ohtani MVP odds right now are at BetMGM, which gives +400 odds for the Angels star to win AL MVP. Those odds have remained steady for about three weeks. New York’s Aaron Judge remains the favorite.

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Shohei Ohtani Still Behind Aaron Judge in Latest AL MVP Odds

On Monday, Shohei Ohtani had another strong outing on the mound, striking out eight Mariners in six innings of a no-decision. His ERA is at 2.69, and he has 165 Ks with a 10-7 record for a mediocre Angels team.

Shohei OhtaniAngels+400+450+420
Aaron JudgeYankees-500-650-500
Yordan AlvarezAstros+5000+4000+5000
Jose RamirezIndians+6600+6000+6000
Rafael DeversRed Sox+10000+10000+10000
Mike TroutAngels+50000+20000+50000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays+10000+10000+10000
Byron BuxtonTwins+25000+15000+25000
Giancarlo StantonYankees+50000+50000+50000

Listed odds are as of Aug. 17, 2022.

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August Slugging Numbers for Shohei Ohtani

Through Aug. 16, Ohtani is slugging .566 with a .916 OPS in August. He’s hit four home runs in the month, but only has six RBI, because well … the Angels don’t get many batters on in front of their star.

Last season, in addition to his amazing pitching and hitting prowess, Ohtani stole 26 bases to join the 20/20 club. This season, he has 11 stolen bases and will need to get running (literally) to reach that mark again in both homers and steals.

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MLB MVP Awards by Country of Birth

The MVP in baseball dates back to 1911 when the Chalmers Automobile Co. handed out an award to the most outstanding player in the American and National Leagues. Since 1931, both leagues have had an award that is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Here are the awards won broken down by country of birth:

  • US: 182
  • Dominican Republic: 7
  • Puerto Rico: 6
  • Canada: 3
  • Cuba: 3
  • Venezuela: 2
  • Japan: 2
  • Panama: 1

Some notes on MLB’s MVP awards:

  • Until 1947, Black players were barred from playing in what was considered Major League Baseball at the time. The AL and NL were segregated until Jackie Robinson’s rookie season with the Dodgers in 1947.
  • The only two Japanese-born MVPs are Ohtani and Ichiro Suzuki.
  • The lone Panama-born player to win an MVP was Rod Carew, who was actually born on a train in the American-controlled zone of that country. A passenger named Dr. Rodney Cline delivered the baby, and that’s why the future Hall of Famer was named Rodney Cline Carew.
  • Miguel Cabrera has twice won MVP, and is the only Venezuelan to do so.
  • Though the Dominican Republic has a population that’s only 3% of the US, that island nation has produced seven MVPs since 1987.

Shohei Ohtani AL MVP Betting Analysis

Barring something majorly unforeseen, the AL MVP race will come down to Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge. Ohtani is the underdog right now, but by how much varies from sportsbook to sportsbook. With his star power both on the mound and at the plate, there’s always a chance Ohtani could go on a tear while Judge, the Yankees slugger, hits a slump.

Of course, it hurts Ohtani’s chances that the Angels are so bad. Judge, meanwhile, is helped by the Yankees being one of the best teams in baseball.

Still, taking a flyer on Ohtani at his current odds would not be a bad decision at this point in the season.

Aaron Judge Is the Current AL MVP Favorite

Although the AL MVP battle is a two-man race, Judge is the comfortable favorite. Caesars Sportsbook gives him -650 odds to win. FanDuel is a bit more conservative at -500.

Entering Aug. 17, Judge was hitting .297 with a 1.061 OPS and 46 home runs and 100 RBI for the 72-45 Yankees.

AL MVP Betting History

Below, you’ll see the top three vote-getters for AL MVP the past 10 seasons. You’ll also see the MVP winner’s preseason odds. If you somehow bet on Jose Abreu in 2020, good for you.

YearAL MVP Winner2nd Place3rd Place
2021Shohei Ohtani (+2000)Vladamir Guerrero Jr.Marcus Semien
2020Jose Abreu (above +10000 — was a rookie)Jose RamirezDJ LeMahieu
2019Mike Trout (+250)Alex BregmanMarcus Semien
2018Mookie Betts (+2333)Mike TroutJose Ramirez
2017Jose Altuve (+1000)Aaron JudgeJose Ramirez
2016Mike Trout (+150)Mookie BettsJose Altuve
2015Josh Donaldson (+1600)Mike TroutLorenzo Cain
2014Mike Trout (+500)Victor MartinezMichael Brantley
2013Miguel Cabrera (+700)Mike TroutChris Davis
2012Miguel Cabrera (+900)Mike TroutAdrian Beltre

What Other MLB Player Futures Bets Can I Make?

MVP isn’t the only MLB player futures bet you can make. You can also bet on who will win the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year.

Shohei Ohtani AL MVP FAQs

What do American League MVP odds mean?

All California sports betting apps utilize odds based on a $100 wager: +300 means you would win $300 on a $100 bet. Odds of +500 are the same as 5-to-1, for example. Odds listed as -200 indicate that player is better than even money to win (-200 means you must bet $200 to win $100, or the same as 1-to-2 odds).

Where do I find MLB MVP odds?

Sportsbooks will list MLB MVP odds under “Futures Bets” and/or in a section titled “Awards.” Most books will list dozens of players for the award. If you don’t see a player listed, you can contact that sportsbook to see if they can offer odds on your favorite.

You should bookmark the relevant MLB MVP odds page so you can return regularly to see how the odds shift.

How often are American League and National League MVP odds updated?

Unlike other sports like the NFL, odds for baseball MVP awards do not shift as frequently. There are exceptions, but usually the odds will move weekly or even less, depending on the performance and health of the players.

The success of the player’s team is important, but not always the biggest factor, unlike football and basketball, where typically the MVP winners are from the teams that have one of the best records. For example, in 2021, Shohei Ohtani was named American League MVP even though his team (the Angels) finished in fourth place with a disappointing 77-85 record.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a writer and contributor for California Casinos with plenty of experience under his belt. Dan has written three books about sports and previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. Currently, Dan is residing in Michigan with his family.