Astros, Angels, & Ohtani’s Future

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani has ridiculous odds to win AL MVP (-750). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There is no shortage of pressure on the Angels to perform in the second half of this season, as their future as a franchise may be on the line.

Shohei Ohtani has made it clear he wants to contend for a Championship, and with his free agency coming up at the end of the season, he will have no reason to resign with Anaheim should they fall short of the playoffs this year. This is his sixth year in the league, and he has yet to make a postseason appearance. 

The potential consequences for the Angels would be highly detrimental if they are unable to win with two of the most exceptional players the league has ever seen; it raises doubts about their ability to achieve success in general. This would make it almost impossible to land big-name free agents in the future; leading to a potential Oakland situation in Anaheim.

Angles to Make the Playoffs (+750)

Landing Spots for Shotime

There has been plenty of rumors of where Ohtani may go if he doesn’t stay in Anaheim, and while the Yankees and Braves continually are mentioned in the conversation, both are extremely unlikely. For one, there is no way Alex Anthopoulos would shell out the money necessary to land the two-way player, but the city wouldn’t be a fit a for Ohtani. Being somewhere with a Japanese presence is important to him. That would give New York more of a chance than Atlanta, but still unlikely.

Understanding he will probably stay on the West Coast, looking at the contenders, his potential landing spots are San Francisco, Seattle, and the real LA team.

It’s hard to imagine the Dodgers stretching their payroll even further, but it’s possible, they will always be a contender for any free agent. San Francisco will likely be in the mix, but my bet would be on Seattle. They are a young team with plenty of promise, they’ll have the payroll space, and it’s been the preferred landing spot for Japanese players for years.

There has been very little talk of Ohtani in Seattle prior to the All-Star Game, so bettors can grab fantastic odds betting on the Mariners in the field (+1250).

Astros @ Angels

Having lost nine of their last ten prior to the All-Star break, the Angles look to turn things around here with Ohtani on the mound.

The work Ohtani does at the plate will always outshine what he’s capable of on the mound. He’s breaking records at the plate, while quietly being a top twenty-five pitcher in the league. He not putting up Framber Valdez numbers on the bump, but he’s one of the most consistent starters in the game.

DK - Parlay: Angels Moneyline & Under 11.5 Total Runs (+100)

Anyone who follows my work knows I love betting on Ohtani at the dish in games he’s pitches. He’s dialed in when he’s pulling double duty. This has been one of the most profitable bets of the season, and there is no reason to start fading it now.

Shohei Ohtani Over 1.5 Bases (+105)

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