Major League Baseball might only be in its first month of the season, but the AL MVP race is already starting to take form as hot starts from some of the game’s best players are starting the conversation early.
Most notably in the Bronx on Tuesday, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge launched a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays — his 10th round-tripper of the season that leads all of baseball.
He’s just one of many, though, who continue to look up at Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout; back from injury and better than ever to start the 2022 campaign.
As of May 11, the 30-year-old center fielder leads the American League in WAR (2.6), Offensive WAR (2.3), Slugging% (.726), OPS (1.183), runs scored (25), total bases (69), runs created (33), and extra-base hits (18).
He also ranks fifth with a .337 batting average, second in OBP, and second in home runs (nine).
Yet both of them continue to trail Trout’s Angels teammate and reigning AL MVP winner in Shohei Ohtani, who has gotten off to a sluggish start in 2022.
Through his first 31 games, Ohtani posted a .770 OPS with six home runs and 21 RBI at the dish. On the mound, he’s been solid with a 3.08 ERA, 1.025 WHIP, and a staggering 14.0 K/9 rate.
Here are the current and updating AL MVP odds: