AL, NL MVP Voting: Who Are the Early Popular Bets?

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Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert plays against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Boston.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 19, 2022, 12:20 PM

With the MLB season over a month old, it’s time to start looking at who the public likes in both the NL and AL MVP races.

MLB odds are tightly bunched in both leagues and just like MLB World Series odds, these will continue to change as the season goes on.

Here’s how things look as of May 19.

American League MVP

Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all opened the season with the three highest odds to win the AL MVP award.

The trio remains in the top five, but there has been some line movement, particularly with Aaron Judge and Byron Buxton, both of who have seen big odds shifts. Judge opened the year at +2000 to win the award, while Buxton was much further down the list of players at +4000.

Trout is the current leader in the clubhouse at +150, followed by Ohtani at +225, and Judge at +500.

Judge has posted an OPS of 1.076 through 130 at-bats, while Buxton is sitting just behind him with an OPS of 1.001 in 90 at-bats.

Even with the great beginning to the season for Judge, Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox is the current leader of tickets for the AL MVP, where he’s sitting at 14%. Following Robert is Guerrero Jr. at 12.8%, and Ohtani with 11.9%.

In terms of the handle, that number is being led by Ohtani at 24.7%, while the next closest player to him is Guerrero Jr. at 15.1%. Concluding the top-three is Trout at 10.4%, who continues to put up monster numbers for the Los Angeles Angels, which is why he leads the current odds list.

Player Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels +400 +150
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels +350 +225
Aaron Judge New York Yankees +2000 +500
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays +450 +700
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins +4000 +1200

National League MVP

Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. opened the year as the favorites in the NL to win the MVP award this season.

The current odds show that there’s been some significant line movement, with Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres and Nolan Arenado of the St Louis Cardinals the two current odds leaders.

Machado leads the NL at +350, while Arenado follows him at +500, with Soto sitting in third at +750.

Tatis Jr. had injury issues prior to the season and is now boasting odds of +5000, having yet to suit up for a game this year.

Rounding out the top five is Bryce Harper at +1000, and Ronald Acuna Jr. at +1100.

Looking at the tickets for NL MVP, Harper is the only player with double figures in percentage at 16.5%, while Nolan Arenado is in second at 9.3%, and Machado in third at 8.8%.

Acuna Jr. and Soto are the only other players owning tickets greater than five percent, with the Atlanta star owning 6.2%, and the Washington phenom 5.3%.

In terms of the handle, Machado has the highest number at 25.2%, with Harper at just over half that number owning 13.9%, and Soto boasting 8.7% is third.

Player Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Manny Machado San Diego Padres +3500 +350
Nolan Arenado St Louis Cardinals +3000 +500
Juan Soto Washington Nationals +375 +750
Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies +1000 +1000
Ronald Acuna Jr. Atlanta Braves +1000 +1100

 

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