MLB MVP Races Becoming Tighter as We Head Down the Stretch

MLB MVP Races Becoming Tighter as We Head Down the Stretch

With less than two months remaining in the season, both the AL and NL MVP races are down to just a few players each.

American League MVP

PlayerBetOnline (8/8)BetOnline (7/17)BetOnline (6/26)BetOnline (6/6)Westgate (5/8)Westgate (4/24)Westgate (3/20)3/19 (5Dimes)3/19 (Bovada)
Jose Altuve-225+500+500+800+1500+1000+800+1200+1000
Aaron Judge+200-275-200+200+1800N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mike Trout+1200+1200+600+600-160-140+250+130+125
George Springer+5000+650+1000+2000+2000+2000+4000N/A+10000
Mookie Betts+6600+1100+2000+800+600+400+400+525+500
Francisco Lindor+50000+10000+3300+1000+600+500+6000N/A+5000
Carlos CorreaN/A+400+650+400+1800+2500+2000+1800+1600
Corey DickersonN/A+3300+1600+2000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jose RamirezN/A+2000+2500N/A+10000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Miguel SanoN/A+6600+3300+1000+3000+6000+10000N/A+10000
Manny MachadoN/AN/A+6600+3300+600+800+400+1800+1400
Josh DonaldsonN/AN/A+8000+3300+10000+10000+800+1600+1400
Nelson CruzN/AN/A+10000+4000+8000+20000+8000+4000+3300
Miguel CabreraN/AN/A+10000+6600+2500+3000+1000+1150+1200
Adam JonesN/AN/AN/AN/A+2500+5000+4000+5000+5000
Xander BogaertsN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+8000+6000+6600+5000
Edwin EncarnacionN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+3000+9000+5000
Robinson CanoN/AN/AN/AN/A+4000+2500+1500+3300N/A
Evan LongoriaN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000+8000+10000
Khris DavisN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+4000+10000+15000N/A
Nomar MazaraN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+6000N/AN/AN/A
Avisail GarciaN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+6000N/AN/AN/A
Justin UptonN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+10000+5000+5000
Ian KinslerN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+10000+8000+10000
Hanley RamirezN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+10000N/AN/A
Eric HosmerN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+10000+9000+10000
Carlos Santana N/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000N/A+6600+5000
Michael BrantleyN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Kyle SeagerN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+10000+6000N/A+10000
Rougned OdorN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+4000+2500N/A+10000
Gary SanchezN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+20000+4000+2050+1800
Brian Dozier N/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+20000+8000N/A+10000
Jose BautistaN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000+10000+6600+5000
Jose AbreuN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000+10000+5000+5000
Dustin PedroiaN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000N/A+15000+10000
Andrew MillerN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mark TrumboN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+10000+8000N/A
Troy TulowitzkiN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000N/A+8000+10000
Albert PujolsN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+10000N/A+10000
Greg BirdN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+10000N/AN/A
Victor MartinezN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000N/A+5000N/A
Todd FrazierN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000N/A+5000+5000
Adrian BeltreN/AN/AN/AN/A+100000+50000+10000+8000+6600
Alex Gordon N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+9000N/A
Lorenzo CainN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600N/A
Jacoby EllsburyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000N/A
Jean SeguraN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600N/A
Jason KipnisN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+4000N/A
Jackie Bradley Jr. N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600+5000
Chris DavisN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+10000+10000+6600+5000

Just a few weeks ago, Aaron Judge was the king of the world, just like Leo was before he froze to death in Titanic. While Judge probably won’t be hanging on to any floating doors in the Atlantic anytime soon, he has been pretty bad since the all-star break. In 22 games, he has hit .182 with a .710 OPS which is a bit different than the .329 and 1.139 he recorded in the first half. He still has a decent chance considering his 6.0 fWAR is tops in the league, but he needs to hope that Rogers Hornsby Jr. down in Houston slows down.

Jose Altuve spent the month of July putting up video game numbers. His .485 average and 1.251 OPS over that span helped him move from +500 to -225 in just a few weeks. With Carlos Correa and George Springer both hurt at the moment, Altuve needs to continue carrying the team’s offense on his back. If Judge can’t turn things around, it would be hard seeing anyone besides Altuve winning.

National League MVP

PlayerBetOnline (8/16)BetOnline (8/8)BetOnline (7/17)BetOnline (6/26)BetOnline (6/6)Westgate (5/8)Westgate (4/24)Westgate (3/20)3/19 (5Dimes)3/19 (Bovada)
Paul Goldschmidt+165+250+200+150+350+3000+3000+1500+3300+2500
Nolan Arenado+200+450+1000+400+500+1000+400+400+775+700
Bryce Harper+500-145+200+500+250+140+100+400+350+300
Giancarlo Stanton+1000N/AN/AN/AN/A+5000+3000+1000+8000+3300
Joey Votto+1200+3300+750+4000+2000+20000+10000+10000+3300+3300
Cody Bellinger+1400+3300+1200+600N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Anthony Rendon+2500+2500+1400+3300+2000+50000+50000+10000+9000N/A
Corey Seager+3300+3300+1000+1400+2000+1200+1200+600+1600+1200
Justin Turner+3300+3300+1000+5000+2000+10000+10000N/A+3300N/A
Charlie Blackmon+3300+3300+1600+600+1400+30000+30000N/AN/A+10000
Daniel Murphy+10000+10000+2000+4000+3300+2000+2500+5000+2500+2200
Kris BryantN/A+10000+2500+1200+650+300+400+250+300+275
Anthony RizzoN/A+10000+2500+1800+3300+1800+1500+1200+1200+900
Ryan ZimmermanN/A+20000+2500+1200+1400+400+8000N/AN/AN/A
Zack CozartN/AN/A+10000+3300+1400N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Buster PoseyN/AN/A+10000+6600+2500+30000+10000+10000+4000+3300
Michael ConfortoN/AN/AN/A+10000+2500N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Eric ThamesN/AN/AN/A+10000+5000+1000+1200+50000N/AN/A
Adam DuvallN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+8000+10000+15000N/A
Marcell OzunaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+8000N/AN/AN/A
Clayton KershawN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+2500+1500+1500N/A+3300
Matt CarpenterN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+30000+10000+6600+5000
Wil MyersN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+30000+10000+9000N/A
Yoenis CespedesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+1500+1000+4000+3300
Ryan BraunN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+20000+10000+9000+10000
Carlos GonzalezN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000+10000+6600+6600
Christian YelichN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000N/A+9000+10000
Freddie FreemanN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+800+1800+10000+1600+1400
Brandon CrawfordN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000+20000N/AN/A
Jake LambN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Kyle SchwarberN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+8000+4000+3300+3300
Hunter PenceN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+20000+9000N/A
Trea TurnerN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6000+10000+5000+5000+5000
Maikel FrancoN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+10000+9000+10000
Adrian GonzalezN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+10000+5000+5000
Trevor StoryN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+5000N/AN/A
Matt KempN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+20000N/A+10000
Joc PedersonN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+20000+9000N/A
Ian DesmondN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+100000+20000+5000N/A
Tommy JosephN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+100000+100000+20000N/AN/A
Noah SyndergaardN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3000N/AN/AN/A
Gregory PolancoN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+9000N/A
Billy HamiltonN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000N/A
AJ PollockN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+9000+10000
Javier BaezN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600N/A
Max ScherzerN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3300
Addison RussellN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000
DJ LemahieuN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000
Adam EatonN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000
Jonathan VillarN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+8000+10000
Starling MarteN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600+5500
Jay BruceN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+20000N/AN/A
Andrew McCutchenN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+10000+5250+3300

While the AL race is essentially down to two players, the National League has three reasonable candidates remaining according to the oddsmakers. For those believers in advanced stats, Anthony Rendon has been the best player in the National league up until this point, with his 5.3 fWAR leading slightly over Paul Goldschmidt’s 5.2 and Bryce Harper’s 5.0. However, Harper is the man to beat on the Nationals considering his star status and offensive numbers. I doubt many voters would give the nod to Rendon over Harper if the stats play out the way they currently look.

Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are both in similar situations. Both play for overachieving teams in the stacked NL West and both are having great seasons. Arenado does better in the field, while Goldschmidt does better at the plate, thanks in large part to his substantially higher walk percentage.

The odds aren’t giving credit to any of the Dodgers players for some reason. Corey Seager, whose 4.9 fWAR puts him right behind the league leaders, but he’s only given 33/1 odds. While the Dodgers terrific season may be seen as more of a group effort, Harper has had a ton of help in Washington, and the D-Backs and Rockies have had great contributions from players like Jake Lamb and Charlie Blackmon. It may look like he’s out of the running, but don’t count Seager out yet.

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Cosmo Kramer

He is a loathesome, offensive brute, yet I can't look away.

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