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2020 AL MVP Betting Odds

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jul/23/2020

Even in a 60-game season, there will still be awards handed out at the end of the season. The crown jewel is of course the MVP award, which could be won by anyone in a shortened year. Today, we’re looking at the latest odds for the American League MVP, along with a closer look at some of the more notable candidates. 

AL MVP odds By A1pph

OF Mike Trout, LAA: +210 

OF Aaron Judge, NYY: +900 

SS Francisco Lindor, CLE: +1000 

3B Anthony Rendon, LAA: +1400 

3B Alex Bregman, HOU: +2000 

3B Matt Chapman, OAK: +2000 

SS Gleyber Torres, NYY: +2000 

3B Josh Donaldson, MIN: +2200 

3B Jose Ramirez, CLE: +2500 

DH/SP Shohei Ohtani, LAA: +2500 

OF George Springer, HOU: +3000 

SS Xander Bogaerts, BOS: +3000 

3B Rafael Devers, BOS: +3000 

OF Giancarlo Stanton, NYY: +3000 

2B Jose Altuve, HOU: +4000 

DH J.D. Martinez, BOS: +4000 

SP Gerrit Cole, NYY: +4000 

SS Marcus Semien, OAK: +4000 

2B DJ LeMahieu, NYY: +4000 

3B Yoan Moncada, CHW: +4000 

SS Carlos Correa, HOU: +4000 

3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR: +5000 

OF Joey Gallo, TEX: +5000 

OF Austin Meadows, TB: +5500 

C Yasmani Grandal, CHW: +5500 

1B Matt Olson, OAK: +6600 

DH Yordan Alvarez, HOU: +6600 

SS Jorge Polanco, MIN: +8000 

C Gary Sanchez, NYY: +8000 

OF Eloy Jimenez, CHW: +8000 

SP Justin Verlander, HOU: +8000

Favorite Picks Courtesy Gameadvisers 

Mike Trout (+210): This is of course assuming that Trout ends up playing this year, which currently is in question over concerns due to the coronavirus. But if he decides to play, he’s about as consistent as they come. The three-time MVP hit 45 home runs in just 134 games, also eclipsing 100 runs and RBI while netting 11 steals. With everyone smashed together in a shortened season, it will take a player who is capable of rising above the pack and dominating. Trout is the favorite to win for a reason.

Francisco Lindor (+1000): Playing in what could be his final season in Cleveland, Lindor has perfect combination of power, speed, and consistency needed to secure his first MVP. In 2019, the 26-year old had 32 home runs and 22 steals, even though he missed close to 20 games. Not to mention, the Indians have a favorable schedule and should be able to contend for the playoffs, while voters wouldn’t mind giving the award to someone new. If Lindor plays to his potential, he’s got a real shot.

Alex Bregman (+2000): Last year’s runner-up to Trout, Bregman enters 2020 with the fifth-best odds to win MVP. It’s likely that some of that has to do with the sign-stealing scandal that Bregman and the rest of the Astros were punished for this past offseason. But in theory, the 26-year old is capable of putting up excellent numbers once again. He hit 41 homers with 112 RBI and over 120 runs, while drawing the league’s most walks. We’ll see how the whole team responds after a tumultuous season, but there isn’t a lot of doubt that Bregman should still be a contender for the award.

Shohei Ohtani (+2500): Trout’s teammate who should get an even bigger MVP boost if the megastar sits the season out, Ohtani is a unique player with an interesting case. He is expected to make his return to the mound this season, where in 2018 he dazzled in 10 starts, earning an ERA of 3.31 in 10 starts with 63 strikeouts in just over 50 innings. He also hit 22 homers and stole 10 bases that season. While he spent 2019 exclusively at the plate, a successful 60-game season where he hits and pitches at a high level might be enough to  convince voters that he is the most valuable player in the league.

Gerrit Cole (+4000): Chances are Cole and every other ace will only take the mound about 12 times this season. But in a short sample size, this newly-signed ace has a chance to put up some ridiculous numbers. Last season with the Astros, Cole finished 20-5 with a league-leading 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts. But to give you an idea of his dominance, he didn’t earn a loss on the mound after May. His ERA in five starts to close the year was 1.07, with 74 strikeouts in just 42 innings. There is immense pressure on Cole to deliver on his big contract, and the schedule won’t be easy for the Yankees, but the 29-year old seems to be ready for the challenge.

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