MLB Baseball Betting: MVP Odds
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 7/24/2010
With almost half the MLB season remaining, a number of players have jumped to the top of the MVP debate in each league. We’ve seen good action on our MVP odds at Bodog’s Online Sportsbook and the interest always picks up as the season kicks into the stretch drive.
In the American League, the odds are as follows:
Adrian Beltre (BOS) 20/1
Carl Crawford (TB) 15/1
Evan Longoria (TB) 15/1
Josh Hamilton (TEX) 5/2
Justin Morneau (MIN) 6/1
Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 20/1
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 1/1
Paul Konerko (CWS) 28/1
Robinson Cano (NYY) 5/1
Vladimir Guerrero (TEX) 20/1
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Miguel Cabrera is the deserved favorite. The Tigers’ first baseman has been a hitting machine in 2010, leading the majors in RBI and second to only Toronto’s Jose Bautista in homers. Cabrera also hits for average, making him a legitimate Triple Crown threat. Could he become the first to pull off the Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967? At the moment, it’s a very real possibility. And if that happens, he’s a lock to win MVP. Just don’t ask Cabrera to tell you it’s likely.
“It’s not possible,” Cabrera told the New York Times. “That’s too hard. It’s like not only me have a good year, but the guy in front of me have a good year, the guy behind me have a good year. Everybody together has to have a good year. That’s the only chance you can win that.”
If not Cabrera for MVP, most bettors appear to think Josh Hamilton (5/2) will win the award. Hamilton is like Cabrera in that he puts up big numbers in homers, RBI and batting average. As it stands, it looks like Cabrera and Hamilton in a two-horse race for MVP, especially taking into account Justin Morneau’s.
Turning to the National League’s MVP race, Bodog has the following odds:
Adam Dunn (WAS) 33/1
Adrian Gonzalez (SD) 4/1
Albert Pujols (STL) 6/5
Andre Ethier (LAD) 25/1
David Wright (NYM) 20/1
Hanley Ramirez (FLA) 20/1
Joey Votto (CIN) 10/9
Ryan Howard (PHI) 10/1
Ubaldo Jiminez (COL) 28/1
It will be interesting to see if Joey Votto can keep producing at the same level he did during the first half of the season. Not many people saw this coming from Votto, who’s nearly surpassed his career highs (25 HR, 84 RBI) in less than 100 games played. Albert Pujols certainly has the more impressive body of work, but expect this race to go right down to the wire.
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