MLB Betting – NL Rookie of the Year Odds 2020

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Phil Simon
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Assuming we have a 2020 Major League Baseball season the criteria for winning Rookie of the Year might be a little different. The bottom line, though, is that the players must produce; big numbers mean a better chance of winning the award. Pete Alonzo had the biggest number of them all last year. He led MLB with 53 home runs adding 120 batted in and 103 runs scored to claim the honor in the National League. Alonzo was among the favorites to win the award before the season started because he was ready and the Mets gave him an opportunity. Those two factors need to apply for anyone to win the award.  Betting is available at Bookmaker, which is offering a generous welcome bonus with a $1000 maximum.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers organization owns the most ROYs with 18. Jackie Robinson claimed the first back in 1949 as part of the four won in Brooklyn. LA had a run of four straight winners from 1979-1982 and another five in a row from 1992-1996. The Dodgers keep churning out talent with Gavin Lux the prohibitive favorite to win the honor in 2020. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of NL Rookie of the Year odds and other MLB futures.

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Gavin Lux +200
MacKenzie Gore +803
Brendan Rodgers +1004
Dustin May +1206
Carter Kieboom +1407
Dylan Carlson +1433
Jon Duplantier +1509
Mith Keller +1509
Nico Hoerner +2016

Rookie of the Year Candidates

The likelihood of a condensed and shortened season favors position players over pitchers, which is something to consider when planning a wager. Hurlers won’t get as many starts or relief appearances and with the season delayed they probably won’t get as many innings once the campaign gets underway. That will seriously impact their chances of putting up big enough numbers to overtake an everyday player.

The Dodgers sure know how to grow them. And their ROY winners have gone on to have decent careers. Most recently they went back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 with Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Two years after his rookie honor Bellinger was the NL’s MVP. Lux is the favorite to add another trophy on the LA mantle and is one of only two players currently with better than 10/1 odds.

Lux is in a perfect position to claim the award. Not only is he a baller, he’s on a loaded team that won’t rely on him to be a catalyst. His ascent through the minors was quick getting a call to the Show after obliterating Triple-A pitching by hitting .392. He showed well in a brief stint with the big club hitting .240 with a pair of homers in 75 at-bats. He also had nine postseason ABs giving him an edge in experience over other contenders.

Under normal circumstances Colorado’s Brendan Rodgers would be a serious contender. These aren’t normal circumstances. Rodgers is coming of an injury interrupted 2019 that probably has him lower on the odds list. Playing a full season at Coors Field would have helped his numbers, too. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, but he has progressed and should see plenty of action.

Going yard in your Major League debut is special. Can Carter Kieboom translate that into a ROY? He’ll have every opportunity with the defending champs since Anthony Rendon left town. Kieboom is the likely replacement at third. He spent most of 2019 at Triple-A hitting .303 with 16 homers. He didn’t do much in 11 games with the Nats, but the experience is invaluable. Also keep an eye on Nico Hoerner with the Cubs. He has the tools and his contact rate is something the team needs. However, he’s never played second base in the bigs and the Cubs will monitor him closely.

As for pitchers, San Diego’s MacKenzie Gore is the second favorite. The Padres tend to bring hurlers along slowly with Joey Lucchesi tossing a team-high 163.2 innings last year or less than 6 innings a start. LA’s Dustin May and Arizona’s Jon Duplantier are also high on the odds list. Unless one of these guys is lights out in every start I just don’t see a pitcher having enough chances to put up the numbers necessary to win the award.

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There are great players in the rookie crop. It’s a perfect storm for Lux, though. He’ll get plenty of time around the diamond and will probably be the starting second baseman sooner rather than later. Surrounded by an All-Star team he can take a relaxed approach and just play the game. And he’s pretty damn good at that.

NL Rookie of the Year Odds Pick: Gavin Lux

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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