Shohei Ohtani’s Main Challengers
Mike Trout and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have an edge in the 2022 AL MVP odds. Let’s discuss their chances.
Mike Trout (+350)
If Mike Trout is healthy, he’ll be in the AL MVP race. In 2012, Trout began his first full-time season in the MLB. He won Rookie of the Year and finished second in American League MVP voting. That started a stretch of finishing top two in AL MVP voting in five straight seasons.
Trout finished fourth in AL MVP voting in 2017 but quickly judi bola deposit pulsa tanpa potongan bounced back by finishing top two in 2018 and 2019. Trout failed to finish top five in AL MVP voting for the first-time last season.
In most seasons, Trout has played the majority of the season. However, he has stayed in MVP contention despite missing time.
2012: 23 missed games
2017: 48 missed games
2018: 22 missed games
2019: 28 missed games
The 2017 season is the only one he didn’t finish top two in AL MVP voting. He won MVP in 2018 after leading the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging.
I’d love to point out one stat that makes him so dangerous, but he doesn’t have one because he does everything at an elite level. He has led the AL in runs, RBIs, stolen bases, walks, and the stats I mentioned above. That doesn’t include home runs, but he hit over 40 twice.
There’s a reason Trout is a consistent AL MVP contender, despite only making the playoffs once in his career. He turned 30 in August, but does anyone think he’s slowing down?
Trout will be a top contender in the 2022 AL MVP race. He didn’t play much last season, so fatigue shouldn’t be an issue. I think he’ll respond with another big season. It’s never a bad idea to bet on Trout, and 2022 is no exception.