MLB odds: Is Judge or Ohtani the AL MVP’s best bet?

Written by Eduard Egros
FOX Sports MLB Betting Analyst

welcome backAnd the Season! Of all the MVP races we’ve seen in history MLBthis is between Aaron Judge And the Shuhei Ohtani It seems that more complicated of dating in teenage life

Instead of comparing the resumes or stellar numbers of a bowler to the performance of a soccer player, we have a hitter who can set MLS records on their home soil versus a two-way player who does both great.

When it comes to gambling, FOX Bet is Judge is currently listed at -10000 for his Player of the Year award (Bet $10 to win a total of $10.10), while Ohtani +1300 (Bet $10 to win a total of $140). If you look closely at the possibilities, they suggest that this race is largely over. Let’s dive in.

Judge started the season with a much longer AL MVP lead than Ohtani (+2000 vs. +350). That all changed on June 5, when Judge achieved his number 21 home run. At the same time, Otani was putting more modest numbers on the plate and on the hill, the whole time Angels They lost their tenth match in a row.

Since then, the electors have relinquished their positions and embraced the power of the judge. All the Yankees The power hitter I have done so far is a 59 home run smash.

While the AL MVP’s prospects have flipped between the two throughout the season, Judge has now spent more time as the favourite on his way to picking up the hardware.


More than 61.5: -345 ($10 bet to win a total of $12.90)
Under 61.5: +300 ($10 bet to win a total of $40)

* As of 9/18/2022

One reason is that Judge’s home runs are triggered at a time when bombs are hard to come by. The MLB hitters are smashing toes this season at a rate of 0.74% per plate appearance, the lowest rate since 2015. Also, the judge tops second place Kyle Schwarber subordinate Phyllis On the leaderboard that plays locally by 20, so it seems that “All Rise” is the only player unaffected by these pent-up conditions.

Another reason why Judge is the former winner in the eyes of many people is that Ohtani’s novelty may be fading away. He won the Player of the Year award last season with a percentage (OBP) of .372 and an independent field pitch (xFIP) expected to be 3.55. While his xFIP is down 0.92 this season, his OBP is down 0.016. Its presentation has improved a bit, but it’s not like the bazaar it was last season.

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Statistics support this idea as well. As we’ve discussed in this space in the past, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) tends to be a strong predictor of MVP.

In FanGraphs WAR, when you combine Ohtani’s hit and shoot numbers, Judge still has a 1.2 win lead. Even the Baseball Reference, which reduces Judge’s talent the most, still gives him an advantage by 0.4 wins. However, many have rightly argued that WAR doesn’t capture the true value of Otani for the Angels because the team only needs one spot on the roster where the others need two, so that extra spot gives the Angels extra roster flexibility that no one else has. A big point for Otani in this debate.

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However, it seems easier to argue that Judge’s influence meant more to the Yankees in terms of team results. New York is bidding farewell to the postseason while the Angels are already looking forward to next season. Ohtani also appears to be looking forward, too.

For example, the two-way phenomenon recently revealed a new sound layer – gravity. Although he only threw it 2.8% of the time, it makes sense that he’d try something new now that the Angels are basically out of the post-season fray.

As for Judge, to set the MLS record at home and cement the honor for the best player in it, he will need three more home rounds in 16 games. Looking at his upcoming schedule, you will face seven matches Boston And the Toronto, both rank fifth bottom in the MLB in allowable barrel rate (reminder: barrel rate uses exit velocity and launch angle to determine the probability of contact making a hit, so the higher the barrel rate, the more likely you are to get hits and sometimes home runs). The judge leads the league in barrel rate (25.6%) and takes second place Jordan Alvarez subordinate Astros by 4.6 percentage points.

Chances are for the judge to beat his home run total and break the AL home record of 61 in the process. Once he does, he will leave voters with a lasting impression that he deserves to be the player of the year, no matter how Ohtani wraps up the season.

So if you’re asking me from a betting perspective if Ohtani deserves a kickback to win AL MVP, I’ll tell you to save your money. Aaron Judge will be the unparalleled player of the year.

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Edward Egros is a sports analytics broadcaster and writer, sports betting analyst, data scientist and assistant professor of statistics at Pepperdine University. These feelings led him to become a fan of cold drinks. Edward previously worked on local television, particularly for the Fox affiliate in Dallas, covering the Rangers, Cowboys, and high school football. follow him TTweet embed

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