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Shohei Ohtani reclaims home run lead after two-homer games vs. New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels swings in the on-deck circle during the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in New York, New York. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The baseball world is running out of ways to describe Shohei Ohtani. After hitting two more home runs vs. the New York Yankees, Ohtani has reclaimed the home-run lead.

After Jameson Taillon threw four consecutive fastballs, Ohtani finally got one he liked on the inside part of the plate and hit it over the short porch in right field. It got out of the ballpark in a hurry too. The exit velocity clocked in at 112.4MPH.

Coming into the Angels’ series vs. New York, Yankee Stadium was one of only two American League stadiums he had yet to record a hit in. However, after two games in the Bronx, Ohtani has changed that with three home runs already.

The Angels’ two-way superstar has now reclaimed the MLB home run lead, surpassing the Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Ohtani currently has 28 home runs, while Guerrero has 26. Kyle Schwarber and Fernando Tatis Jr. are both right there as well, with 25 home runs each.

Battle for AL MVP

Almost halfway into the season, it’s pretty clear who’s involved in the battle for American League Most Valuable Player – Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. It’s shaping up to be one of the more interesting MVP races in recent years.

Guerrero Jr leads the majors in batting average and runs batted in. He also sits second in hits, home runs, and runs scored.

Ohtani leads the league in home runs while simultaneously being a beast on the mound. Ohtani currently has a 3-1 record, a 2.58 earned run average, and 82 strikeouts over his eleven starts this year.

Despite how good of an offensive player Ohtani is, his performance on the mound will have to separate him from Guerrero. Guerrero is just too good at the plate. Ohtani’s pitching is going to have to put him over the top.

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