By Daeho Lee = Major League Baseball (MLB) will take two days off after the All-Star Game on Wednesday to rest up for the second half of the season.
On the 13th, when there are no MLB games in the United States, there was a poll that may be of interest to many baseball fans.
On Twitter, Fox Sports asked fans to vote on who they would like to see as the National League (NL) and American League (AL) regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In the National League, Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers), and Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks) were among the favorites.
Acuña is the No. 1 candidate for NL MVP after batting .331 with 21 home runs, 41 doubles, 55 RBIs and a .990 OPS.
Freeman, who is batting .320 with 17 homers, 61 RBIs, and a .952 OPS; Betts, who is batting .276 with 26 homers, 62 RBIs, and a .964 OPS; and Carroll, who is batting .289 with 18 homers, 48 RBIs, 26 doubles, and a .915 OPS.
In fact, the interim results of the fan voting show Acuña Jr. in a commanding lead with 75.2% of the vote, followed by Carroll (10%), Betts (9.7%), and Freeman (5.1%).
AL fans, however, are spoiled for choice.
Symbols 1 through 4 all go to Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels).
To give us a bit of choice, Fox Sports used the symbols 1, 2, and 4 with a picture of Ohtani the batter and 3 with a picture of Ohtani the pitcher.
The implication is that Ohtani is dominant.
In the first half of the season, Ohtani the hitter was batting .302 with 32 home runs, 71 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.050.
He leads both leagues in home runs and OPS, as well as slugging percentage (0.663).
After last year’s AL MVP Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), who was considered a possible contender, fell out of the lineup early last month after hitting 19 home runs, Ohtani stepped up to the plate.온라인카지노
“Pitcher Ohtani” also throws a powerful ball.
He is 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA in the first half of the season, leading the league in batting average (0.189) and third in strikeouts (132).
He’s a first-place MVP candidate based on his batting stats alone, but on the mound, he’s one of the best starters in the league, making it virtually pointless to consider any other MVP candidate in the AL.
Ohtani takes his first step in the second half of his quest to clinch the AL MVP on April 15 against the Houston Astros.