⚾️ Ohtani On The Move?

We're a bit more than halfway through the MLB season, but with the All-Star break officially in the rearview, let's check in on this season's top players and teams. And keep an eye on a MVP potentially on the move 👀 (3 min read)

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All-Star Break Headlines

There’s no lull in the American sports calendar quite like the two days off after the MLB All-Star Game, and if you’re anything like me, you’re starting to get real antsy for some more meaningful baseball. Well good news, ladies and gents — the second half of the season has officially arrived 😎

  • First things first, gotta give a shoutout to the NL for their first All-Star Game win since 2012. Wish I could say I sprinkled some change on Rockies’ catcher Elias Diaz to win MVP at +6500, but then of course I’d be a liar 😂

Also in contention for All-Star MVP honors was Marlins’ second baseman Luis Arraez, who notched a hit in each of his two ABs. In other words, it was just another day at the office for Miami’s hitting machine, and his quest to hit .400 for the season could be one of the biggest storylines of the second half 😳

A .400 average isn’t the only historical number being chased; remember last year, when Aaron Judge hit the most home runs in AL history? Well…there’s a chance his reign as record holder could be a short one, if a certain international superstar can pick up his pace just a bit 😅

  • Imagine if Judge had the season he had last year, while also moonlighting as an All-Star level pitcher every fifth day. That’s the level of play we’re witnessing from Shohei Ohtani right now…a massive -750 favorite to capture AL MVP, the guy is simply ridiculous 🤯

What makes this run from Ohtani even crazier is that he might get traded during it. We’re now less than three weeks away from the trade deadline, and with the Angels currently under .500 and five games out from a Wild Card spot (full MLB standings HERE), rumors are beginning to swirl 👀

Even with his free agency looming, smart money is on the Angels keeping the two-way standout in hopes of a playoff push. If that’s the case, I hope they can pull it off; the postseason stage is made for a talent like that. But even if October is Ohtani-less, fortunately we aren’t lacking in superstar alternatives to steal the show…especially down in Atlanta 😎

Acuña certainly ain’t the only heavy hitter suiting up in a Braves’ uniform these days; if you tuned in to the All-Star Game, you even caught a glimpse of an all-Atlanta infield at one point 😳

  • Factor in NL Cy Young contender Spencer Strider (+300) leading the way on the mound, and it’s abundantly clear why the Braves have the best odds of claiming another Commissioner’s Trophy this season. They’re currently on pace for a franchise-record 109 wins, and a record number of dingers as well 💥

Atlanta’s second title in three years looks well within reach, but the favorites will undoubtedly face stiff opposition from a deep pool of contenders. Before second half action gets started this evening, take an updated look at this year’s World Series odds 👇

Odds To Win 2023 World Series (subject to change)

  • Atlanta Braves: +360

  • Tampa Bay Rays: +450

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: +480

  • Texas Rangers: +1000

  • Houston Astros: +1000

  • New York Yankees: +1500

  • Toronto Blue Jays: +2400

  • Minnesota Twins: +2400

Trivia Question: Aside from the Dodgers last year, what is the only other team to have a 110-win season in the 21st century?

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For My Parlay Gurus

Baseball is back, and you gotta love getting some intriguing matchups right out of the gate. Ohtani is must-watch TV anytime he takes the mound, and he’ll be doing so against the reigning champs at Angel Stadium. On the other side of the country at Citi Field, Justin Verlander and the Mets will look to put a disappointing first half behind them against the always-dangerous Dodgers. I’m rocking with both LA teams in my parlay — check it out 👇

  • Angels ML vs. Astros: -156

  • Dodgers ML vs. Mets: -126

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Trivia Answer: The 2001 Seattle Mariners tied the MLB record with 116 wins, before falling to the Yankees in the ALCS

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