Shohei Ohtani and Fernando Tatis Jr. are favorites for MLB MVP after the latest poll

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 29: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels prepares for a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2021 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Angels 11-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) | CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 29: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres looks on during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 29, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Shohei Ohtani and Fernando Tatis Jr are current favorites for the MLB MVP award. Ohtani and Tatis are taking the league by storm with their blend of power, speed, and the overall excitement they both bring to the game of baseball.

Both players are first in home runs and slugging percentage. Ohtani and Tatis will also be playing in their first all-star game this summer in Colorado.

Ohtani leads the entire MLB in homeruns. He hit two more to reach 30 on Friday night in a comeback win against Baltimore. Ohtani won Player-of-the-Month in June, and it looks he wants it again in July.

Tatis leads the National League in home runs with 26 and has the Padres right in the middle of the NL West race. Tatis hasn’t played a full season since entering the league. The 22-year old already has career highs in home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, and doubles in only 65 games.

American League stars such as Carlos Correa and Vladimir Guerrero Jr make a case for some MVP consideration. However, Ohtani gets the upper hand because of what he’s doing on the mound.

Ohtani leads the league in home runs and has a 3.60 earned run average. Ohtani is having a historic season, and the season is only halfway through.

Jacob DeGrom makes a case for Nation League MVP, and the race between him and Tatis will be interesting in the second half of the season. DeGrom has a 0.95 earned run average through 14 starts. DeGrom is arguably coming off of his worst start of the season in his last start against Atlanta. He gave up three runs and struck out 14.

DeGrom is also hitting well when given the opportunity. He has 12 hits in 31 at-bats and has driven in six runs, solid for a pitcher who isn’t a two-way player.

The season is now half over, and the MVP race should only get more interesting as the season progresses. Ohtani and Tatis are MVP favorites in July. However, Guerrero and DeGrom will keep it close for the remainder of the season.

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