Shohei Ohtani is now the AL MVP favorite according to one oddsmaker

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was expected to be the favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year award from the moment he signed his contract. After just 10 games, that prediction is starting to look conservative.

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With his strong start, Ohtani has become the favorite to win the AL MVP award, according to one sportsbook. BetDSI lists Ohtani at +150 to win the award.

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George Springer: +4000

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Gary Sanchez: +3000

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Jose Ramirez: +3000

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Robinson Cano: +3000

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J.D. Martinez: +2500

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Manny Machado: +2000

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Mookie Betts: +2000

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 3: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre on April 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Donaldson

Giancarlo Stanton: +2000

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Francisco Lindor: +1900

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Aaron Judge: +1800

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Carlos Correa: +1500

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Didi Gregorius: +1000

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Jose Altuve: +500

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Mike Trout: +200

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Shohei Ohtani: +150

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Yes, you’re reading that right. Ohtani is listed higher than Mike Trout, José Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton for the award right now. It’s quite the jump for Ohtani. Prior to the start of the season, BetDSI listed him at 100/1 to take home the AL MVP.

Given Ohtani’s lack of experience in the majors, those odds seem extreme. His performance, however, speaks volumes. At the plate, Ohtani has a .389/.421/.889 slash line with three home runs. On the mound, he carries a 2.08 ERA with 18 strikeouts.

Ohtani’s start on Sunday — in which he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning — has made him the talk of baseball. Based on his numbers, he has actually been one of the best players in baseball.

It’s still early, which is why many will take exception to Ohtani’s improved odds. He has to show he can produce at this level over a full major-league season. No one really knows how that will go. We have no idea whether fatigue will set in, or whether he can make the necessary adjustments once the league learns how to attack him.

Are these odds premature? Who cares? Ohtani has been excellent, and it will be fascinating to see whether he can keep this up all season.

Whether or not he wins the AL MVP, his starts are going to be entertaining. For everyone but Angels fans, entertaining is good enough.

Related: See Ohtani's nearly perfect game: 

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ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs on to the field to warm up before the start of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: The scoreboard shows a perfect game by Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels through six innings against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Shohei Ohtani #17 gets a high five from Ryan Schimpf #20 of the Los Angeles Angels after completing the seventh inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in action during the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics played on April 8, 2018 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after striking out the final batter of the seventh inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Fans in the stands wait for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) to come back onto the field for a postgame interview after the Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 6 to 1 in a game played on April 8, 2018 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in action during the fifth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics played on April 8, 2018 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in the dugout during a game against the Oakland Athletics played on April 8, 2018 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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