2016 MLB Betting: Who Will Win the AL and NL MVP?
The 2016 MLB season is rapidly approaching, which brings to mind what may actually happen in said season. Division winners, playoff teams and the eventual World Series champion are things to think about, as are the two players that could win the AL and NL MVP awards.
If it has to do with baseball betting, we want to touch on it, especially since there can be serious money to be made when it comes to picking a sleeper to emerge from the pack.
After all, Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson were not favorites to start the 2015 season (+1600 odds), yet ended up taking home their league’s MVP trophy, anyways. Those mashers will naturally be near the top of the odds list again, but they’re far from the only MLB stars you may want to consider betting on claiming some hardware this season.
Best MVP Odds
The AL is paced by none other than the great Mike Trout (+150), who is arguably the best player in the league. He’s weighed down by his anemic Angels at times, but is still insanely efficient and has as much power as anyone. He very well could win this year, but should feel some heat from last year’s winner, Josh Donaldson (+450), Manny Machado (+550) and Miguel Cabrera (+800).
Of the top four, Donaldson feels like the only legit threat. Few can mash it like he can and Toronto remains one of the more prolific offenses in the game. A few guys have a high spot in the odds that don’t make sense, while others are down a bit lower that probably deserve more attention.
Over in the NL, Bryce Harper leads the way (+200) and could be the first repeat NL MVP since Albert Pujols. It’s tough to bet against the youngster given his talent (42 homers last year) and swagger. He’ll still get some competition in the process, as Andrew McCutchen (+500), Paul Goldschmidt (+500), Giancarlo Stanton (+650) and Kris Bryant (+900) all have the talent to overtake the top odds.
The AL seems much deeper with more active threats, so it is going to be awfully difficult for Harper to repeat this year. Just a glance at this top-six shows five guys who absolutely could post amazing numbers and dethrone Harper. A healthy Stanton may be my favorite pick, as he was absolutely crushing last year before a broken hand cut his season short.
Top MVP Sleepers
It’s fun to take a look at the guys with the best odds, but Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson won last year despite having less than amazing odds. They weren’t complete shockers, but they also weren’t obvious favorites.
That could have us looking somewhere in the middle of the pack in the AL and NL, where guys like Jose Altuve (+2500), Jose Abreu (+2500), Chris Davis (+3300) and J.D. Martinez (+3300) reside. Crush makes a good amount of sense as a fun sleeper for the AL race As for the NL, consider Anthony Rizzo (+1200), Joey Votto (+2000), Nolan Arenado (+2000) and A.J. Pollock (+4000).
AL/NL MVP Picks
Donaldson is a true heavy hitter and will be great again, but I think Trout is going to be king this year. He should rule a weaker crop in the AL and take home the league’s MVP – especially if he can push the Halos into post-season play.
The NL is much deeper, so I’m not seeing a repeat for Harper. He’ll be just as good as he was a year ago and the Nats are a team to fear, but there is just too much competition here. Besides, with the safe money on Trout, I’d rather take a dive on someone like Stanton and see if I can’t make some serious coin based on my investment.
Stanton smacked in 27 homers in just 74 games last year and is Miami’s offense – literally. He should have a huge year again as he tries to carry the Marlins. If he can just stay healthy, he’s as good a bet as any to take the NL MVP award.
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