For once, it seemed the Angels oversold an injury rather than the alternative that has become all too familiar this season. Shohei Ohtani added to his MVP-season with a fine pitching performance Sunday afternoon, only to be let down by his offense.
You know what’s really cool about some of the Vlad-Shohei MVP arguments? One can posit that Guerrero has narrowed the gap of late because of Shohei’s slump, but holes can be found in that argument as well, as Ohtani continues to churn out dominant pitching performances! He’s still adding value!
But of course, MLB dot com has to add some sort of drama to this race. And it is true that Vlad Jr. has an outside shot at the AL Triple Crown…
Ohtani, of course, sitting two home runs behind Guerrero, can still overtake him and Salvy Perez for the lead, but it’s crunch time.
Speaking of Triple Crowns, Corbin Burnes has the chance to nab a different Triple Crown.
Tony La Russa and his pitcher Mike Wright were suspended for intentionally plunking Shohei Ohtani.
Everyone’s focusing on Mike Trout (and rightfully so), and even though he had been slumping at the time of his injury, it would have been fascinating if he and Ohtani had been racing down the stretch for this MVP.
Reid Detmers wants to return next week. Love Detmers, but in his first action in a month, this appearance could be a disaster.
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