MVP Favorite Shohei Ohtani Holds Much Higher Statistic Than New York Yankees Explosive Duo

Published 09/30/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

In recent years, Shohei Ohtani has emerged as one of the best players in the MLB. Since joining the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, the Japanese star forged a reputation not just for being exceptional on the pitcher’s mound, but an excellent hitter as well.

Although the Angels have no chance of making the playoffs, the 27-year-old made his first all-star appearance this season. In addition, Ohtani continues to fill up his stats sheet, which includes an impressive achievement in the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) column.

Shohei Ohtani leads the MLB in the Wins Above Replacement metric


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Prior to this season, Ohtani struggled with a few injuries in previous seasons. However, the Japanese player is enjoying one of his most successful seasons in the MLB from an individual standpoint.

Although the Angels aren’t having one of their most successful seasons, Ohtani stands head and shoulders above the rest of the American League. In fact, the 27-year-old holds excellent numbers not just in pitching statistics, but batting statistics as well.

In fact, his Wins Above Replacement Number (WAR) stands at 8.9, which is the highest in the American League. To put this number into perspective, one can simply look at New York Yankees’ stars Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton.

Cole, who is the Yankees’ star pitcher, holds a WAR score of 5.7. His teammate and ace hitter Stanton, who sports #27 on the field, scores 3.2 in the WAR parameter. When combined, their total is 8.9, which is the same as Ohtani’s WAR alone.

This statistic further cements the Japanese’s status not just as one of the best players in the league, but among the most valuable.


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Ohtani is a favorite for the 2021 AL MVP Award

Each year, the MLB hands out an MVP award for the American League and the National League. As for the American League, Ohtani looks a clear favorite this year.

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 01: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the bottom of the first inning of his Major League pitching debut against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on April 1, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

However, the 27-year-old will face stiff competition from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. The 22-year-old slugger has made a strong case for himself, as the Blue Jays are in contention for the playoffs with just four games left in the regular season.


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.