Only two candidates remain in the race for the AL MVP award and, splitting hairs, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is having a better season at the plate than Shohei Ohtani.
The 22-year-old Blue Jays slugger has a better OPS+, 174 to 163. His batting average is 45 points higher, his on-base percentage is 49 points better and his WAR as a position player is 0.7 better than Ohtani’s, by either Baseball-Reference’s formula (4.8 to 4.1) or FanGraphs’ calculation (5.3 to 4.6).
His strikeout percentage is much lower (17.0 percent to 30.8 percent) and his walk percentage is better, too (13.0 percent to 12.0 percent).
Guerrero leads the majors in OPS+, on-base percentage (.409), runs scored (90), total bases (261) and fWAR, and he’s just a single RBI away from leading the bigs in that category, too (Rafael Devers has 89, Vlad Jr. has 88). It’s a truly impressive season for a kid who didn’t turn 22 until March.