MLB MVP Odds: AL MVP Odds and NL MVP Odds
The race to reach the 2020 World Series looks to be wide open in each league and the race to be named AL or NL MVP should be no different.
Given the uncertainty and parity across Major League Baseball, handicapping the MVP favorites (especially in the National League) figures to be especially difficult, but doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try!
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Mike Trout and Everyone Else: Handicapping the 2020 AL MVP Award
While the race in the NL will be much tighter (more on this soon), the race in the AL appears to be Mike Trout vs. everybody.
2020 AL MVP Odds were released at the end of January and Trout is the overwhelming favorite (-125 odds) to win his second consecutive MVP award and 4th overall in his career.
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.
The Angels also finally made an attempt to bring Trout some help when they gave Washington Nationals star 3B Anthony Rendon a massive 7-year, $245 million dollar contract and hired manager Joe Maddon, formerly of the Cubs and Rays.
If Mike Trout does not bring home another MVP award, there’s a very good chance your AL MVP will come from the New York Yankees with Aaron Judge and Gleybar Torres (both +1200 to win AL MVP) both figuring to play huge roles on a team with World Series ambitions.
Mookie Betts is an MVP Sleeper – But in Which League?
Red Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts had a disappointing 2019 season and is poised to have a bounce back season to enter the MVP conversation, the only real question is what MVP award will he be in contention for.
Betts has been the subject of many trade rumors all offseason, as the Red Sox are mulling over whether or not they should extend the hyper-talented 27-year old former AL MVP.
If you’re wanting to make an MVP futures bet on Mookie Betts, we would definitely suggest holding off on that until his 2020 team is known, but should the Red Sox elect to hold onto Betts for this season, he holds tremendous value right now on the AL MVP futures market at +1800.
The National League MVP Odds are Much Harder to Figure Out
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.
Oddsmakers listed Braves superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. as the favorite to win NL MVP at +300. The sensational outfielder just turned 22 in December and is coming off of an outstanding 2019 campaign that saw Acuna hit .280 with 41 home runs, 101 runs batted in and 37 stolen bases. He figures to play a huge role in the Braves pennant hopes this season.
Right behind Acuna on the 2020 NL MVP Odds list is 2018 NL MVP winner Christian Yelich at +600. Had Yelich not suffered a broken kneecap to cut his 2019 season short, the Brewers star possibly would have won MVP again.
The Brewers superstar is not expected to miss any time to start the season, so that +600 number may be quite the steal if Yelich is able to return to form.
Dodgers’ phenom Cody Bellinger wound up taking home the 2019 NL MVP following an absolutely incredible season and is listed at +800 to take home his second consecutive MVP award this year.
Other youngsters to keep an eye on for NL MVP include Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto.
The country was introduced to Soto during the Nationals incredible run to their first ever World Series title and Tatis Jr. was a late arrival to the big leagues, but showed off when he got there – registering an OPS of nearly 1.000 with 22 home runs, 16 stolen bases and a ridiculous amount of Gold Glove worthy plays on defense.
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.
However, in the event Trout has an unforeseen down season or spends time on the injured list in 2020, some deep sleepers to pay attention to in the American League would be his teammate Anthony Rendon (+3000), Blue Jays stud Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+5000) and Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton (+6000).
In the National League, a couple of names to pay attention to for a deep sleeper MVP pick are that of Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (+5000) and Diamondbacks OF Ketel Marte (+6000). Marte finished in the top 4 of the 2019 NL MVP race and at 60-to-1 presents a great deal of value if he’s able to post an even better 2020.
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 2020 season. Good luck and happy wagering!