2014 AL and NL MVP Odds

2014 AL and NL MVP Odds

We’re past the halfway point in the season, and as usual there have been no shortage of surprises. The Baltimore Orioles, who were supposed to struggle against division foes like the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the re-vamped New York Yankees, are currently leading the AL East by 4 games. The Milwaukee Brewers, who were almost an afterthought in the loaded NL Central, currently lead the Cardinals by one game.

Of course, there have also been a number of surprising performances from both established stars and unproven phenomenon’s. Charlie Blackmon, who had less than 500 career at bats entering the season, has been a revelation with a .306 batting average to go along with 14 home runs and 18 stolen bases. Although he was originally listed 25/1 to win the NL MVP, Blackmon is no longer listed as an option for bettors. His teammate Troy Tulowitzki is a different story.

When these odds were first posted, Tulo was listed as the NL MVP favorite at +300. Although his odds have actually improved to +225, Andrew McCutchen is the new front runner at +200. The Pirates outfielder (and reigning MVP) has posted a .324 batting average with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 15 steals. Moreover, at 49-46 the Pirates are just 3.5 games out of first place while the Colorado Rockies (40-55) are 13 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.

The table below compares the current NL MVP odds at BetOnline and Bovada:

Originally posted 6/16/14, Last updated 7/22/14

PlayerTeamSportsbk (7/22)Greek (7/22)Bovada (7/17)Bovada (6/4)BetOnline (6/4)
Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates+150+150+200+600+600
Troy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies+200+500+225+300+300
Giancarlo StantonMiami Marlins+700+800+500+400+400
Todd FrazierCincinnati Reds+1000+2000N/AN/AN/A
Clayton KershawLos Angeles Dodgers+1000+1000+900N/AN/A
Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks+1200+1500+900+1800+1800
Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves+1500+1500N/A+2000+2000
Yasiel PuigLos Angeles Dodgers+1500+1500+600+700+700
Jonathan LucroyMilwaukee Brewers+1500+1500N/AN/AN/A
Carlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers+2000+2000+1400+1200+1200
Justin UptonAtlanta Braves+2000+2000N/A+900+900
Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants+2500+3000N/AN/AN/A
Charlie BlackmonColorado Rockies+2500N/AN/A+2500+2500
Anthony RizzoChicago Cubs+3000N/AN/AN/AN/A
David WrightNew York Mets+6000+12500N/AN/AN/A
Chase UtleyPhiladelphia Phillies+6000+12500N/A+1600+1600
Ryan BraunMilwaukee BrewersN/AN/AN/A+1200+1200
Justin MorneauColorado RockiesN/AN/AN/A+5000+5000
Yadier MolinaSt. Louis CardinalsN/AN/AN/A+2000+2000
Adam WainwrightSt. Louis CardinalsN/AN/A+4000N/AN/A

When we originally posted these MVP odds, Miguel Cabrera had superior numbers to the Angels’ Mike Trout, but actually has worse odds of winning the MVP (+360 vs. +160). Oddsmakers must have been very confident that Trout would deny Cabrera of his third straight MVP, and so far that prognosis is looking very good.

Trout has posted a higher WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in each of the past two seasons, but has lost out to Miggy nonetheless. This season the Angels young outfielder is batting .310 with 22 home runs, 73 RBI, 10 steals and a league-leading 1.005 OPS. Those videogame-like numbers are better than Cabrera in every category.

PlayerTeamSportsbk (7/22)Greek (7/22)Bovada (7/17)Bovada (6/4)BetOnline (6/4)
Mike TroutLos Angeles Angels-500-600-200+160+140
Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers+800+800+450+350+350
Jose AbreuChicago White Sox+800+500+2000+2500+2500
Nelson CruzBaltimore Orioles+800+800+1200+700+700
Robinson CanoSeattle Mariners+1500+1500+1200+2500+2500
Jose BautistaToronto Blue Jays+2000+1500+2000+1000+1000
Michael BrantleyCleveland Indians+2000+1500+3300N/AN/A
Josh DonaldsonOakland Athletics+2000+1500+1000+500+500
Felix HernandezSeattle Mariners+2000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Brandon MossOakland Athletics+3000+5000N/AN/AN/A
David OrtizBoston Red Sox+3000+2000N/AN/AN/A
Albert PujolsLos Angeles Angels+3000+3000N/A+3300+3300
Edwin EncarnacionToronto Blue Jays+4000N/AN/A+1500+1500
Scott KazmirOakland Athletics+4000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Victor MartinezDetroit Tigers+5000N/A+1500+1200+1200
Melky CabreraToronto Blue JaysN/AN/AN/A+2500+2500
Alexei RamirezChicago White SoxN/AN/AN/A+2500+2500
Jose AltuveHouston AstrosN/AN/A+3300N/AN/A
Masahiro TanakaNew York YankeesN/AN/AN/A+5000+5000

It will be interesting to see how MVP voters react to players with failed drug tests as Nelson Cruz (+1200) was suspended last season following the league’s Biogenesis investigation yet has the fourth-best odds to win the AL MVP.

Who do you think is offering value to bettors? Are there any names that should be added to this list? Will Mike Trout finally be able to pry the AL MVP from Cabrera? Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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