Within the American League, for my cash, it’s Shohei Ohtani. It looks as if a brand new milestone, a brand new report, a brand new “ohhh did you see that?!” second occurs with Ohtani on a nightly foundation. This week he set the report for many residence runs in a single season by a Japanese-born participant (32), beforehand held by Hideki Matsui. Only a informal reminder, he did so on July 7. Earlier than the All-Star Break. Additionally, a reminder that he’s additionally a beginning pitcher with a 4-1 report.
It’s solely truthful to additionally give a nod to younger phenom Vlad Guerrero, Jr., who has emerged right into a prolific batter. He leads the AL in batting common (.341), on-base share (.439), OPS (1.118), hits (104), and RBI (73). It’s squarely a two-horse race between Guerrero and Ohtani for the AL MVP.