AL MVP Odds and NL MVP Odds For 2021
Now that all of Major League Baseball’s awards have been announced for 2020, we can finally look ahead to the 2021 season. With Free Agency looming, it is going to be tough to determine the clear MVP favorites in both the AL and the NL. That doesn’t mean we can’t at least try to provide you some insight on Baseball’s MVP favorites headed into next year.
Mike Trout and Everyone Else: Handicapping the 2021 AL MVP Award
While the race in the NL will likely be much tighter (more on this soon), the race in the American League appears to be between Mike Trout and everybody else.
The Baseball world was taken aback when Mike Trout was not named MVP of the AL in 2020. Instead, it was the White Sox’s Jose Abreu who would take home the award after a stellar 2020 campaign. The 33-year-old First Baseman led the MLB in hits, RBIs, slugging percentage, and total bases. As a result, Abreu was named the 2020 American League MVP.
Looking ahead to 2021 though, it appears that Mike Trout is once again the overwhelming favorite to win AL MVP. Trout is given +125 odds to win AL MVP in 2021. For comparison, Jose Abreu and Alex Bregman are both tied for the second-best odds to win AL MVP… at +1000. Also, a little further down the list is Aaron Judge (+1100).
It should be no surprise as to why Trout is the heavy favorite coming into the season, as he has consistently been the best player in baseball for the last several years. In fact, Mike Trout has already earned a place in the conversation as one of the best baseball players of all-time! It would not be surprising to see Trout take home his fourth MVP award at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
There are a few other players on the list that can be seen as sleeper picks. Francisco Lindor could be a steal for anybody who bets on him with +2000 odds. Also, Oakland’s Matt Chapman is a decent sleeper pick with +2300 odds. The American League is stacked with talented players, but the 2021 AL MVP winner will most likely have to outplay Mike Trout if they want to win the award when the season ends.
Plenty Of Big Name Players Make The List In The 2021 NL MVP Race
After winning his second World Series Championship since 2018, Mookie Betts has emerged as a frontrunner to win the National League MVP Award in 2021. With +500 odds, Betts is currently the favorite to win the award in 2021. However, there are plenty of other star players that will be vying for this award.
Betts had an amazing season in 2020. The superstar outfielder finished second in NL MVP voting. However, he did take home a Golden Glove and a Silver Slugger award. Despite being named an All-Star four years-in-a-row, that streak was broken this past season. That will likely not be the case this year though.
Betts will be hoping to build on an amazing performance in the 2020 postseason. He helped lead the Dodgers to their first World Series Championship in over 30 years. Furthermore, he did it all while putting up excellent numbers. The 28-year-old finished the playoffs with 21 hits for 15 runs and eight RBIs. If he can continue playing like that in 2021, then it is no wonder why he is a favorite to win the NL MVP award.
Trying to handicap the American League MVP field has been very tough in recent years because Mike Trout exists. The National League MVP field, on the other hand, is as wide-open as they come.
Christian Yelich is once again in the conversation to win the 2021 NL MVP award. With +700 odds, he is currently the second-favorite to win the award, behind only Mookie Betts. After a disappointing 2020 campaign, you can expect Yelich to come out and hit the ground running this season.
Oddsmakers listed Braves superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. as the third option to win NL MVP at +750. The sensational outfielder is only 22-years-old and is coming off of an outstanding 2020 season where he recorded 40 hits in 46 games on his way to a Silver Slugger award. He figures to play a huge role in the Braves’ pennant hopes this season.
Right behind Acuna on the 2021 NL MVP Odds list is 2019 NL MVP winner Cody Bellinger at +800. After being named an all-star in 2017 and 2019, you can expect the 25-year-old Dodger to have a huge impact on LA’s success this season. However, it is possible that he and Betts may split votes, so it is tough to say if it is actually a good idea or not to pace a wager on Bellinger.
There are a few other potentially good players that you can select from left on the list. Freddie Freeman, the 2020 NL MVP, comes in as a sleeper with +800 odds. Also, Fernando Tatis Jr will look to continue the electric start to his MLB career as he is listed at +1000 odds to win the NL MVP award. Juan Soto and Nolan Arenado are also at the bottom of the list with +1000 as well.
AL/NL MVP Deep Sleeper Picks
As stated previously, a deep sleeper in the American League is much harder to come by because Mike Trout still plans on playing baseball in 2020.
Since there is still a lot of time left until the beginning of the MLB season, the full list of odds for the 2021 MVP race has not yet been revealed by sportsbooks across the US. Still, some other players that could have an MVP season this year include Philly’s Bryce Harper, the Yanks’ DJ LeMahieu, Tampa’s Randy Arozarena, San Diego’s Manny Machado, and LA’s Shohei Ohtani.
As is the case with any MVP race, be sure to check OddsUSA for the latest news and notes on the AL and NL MVP races all throughout the 2021 season. Good luck and happy wagering!