Major League Baseball’s All-Star game puts the sports’ best and brightest on center stage for a one-night showcase. Tuesday’s midsummer classic is a prime wagering opportunity for baseball fans and bettors alike, with odds to be named the game’s MVP among the offerings on sportsbook apps.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned vet or making your first venture into sports betting. Sportsbooks provide robust menus of All-Star game odds, parlays, and props ripe for wagers from sharps and recreational bettors.
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Like always, bettors are encouraged to shop around for the odds that best serve their position. The lineup of available online and retail sportsbooks continues to grow in eligible states. That’s great news for bettors. Don’t underestimate the benefit of conducting research across your state’s available sportsbooks. Bettors who do will see the effort reflected on their bottom lines.
2022 All-Star Game MVP Odds
Sports betting is tricky and challenging, but that’s one of the reasons why chasing profits can be so exciting. Selecting the MVP of an All-Star game is no exception. It’s one thing to project a season’s worth of production, but as the old cliché goes, “anything can happen in a one-game scenario.”
This isn’t to suggest that bettors pull names out of hats or avoid MVP wagers altogether. There are a number of factors to consider to narrow down the field of options.
The most obvious among them is that the MVP comes from the winning side in the overwhelming majority of cases. The last time a player was named MVP from the losing team was 1970 when Carl Yastrzemski earned the honor in the American League’s 5-4 defeat. Selecting the winning side isn’t necessarily a walk in the park. However, sticking to one league cuts the field in half.
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Additionally, position players are named All-Star game MVP far more often than pitchers. Since 1990, only three pitchers have earned the honor. Pedro Martinez tossed an electrifying two innings in 1999; Mariano Rivera tossed a clean inning in 2013; Shane Bieber struck out the side in relief in his 2019 All-Star game appearance.
Martinez’s effort came at Fenway Park, his home stadium at the time. Rivera earned MVP honors in the final season of his illustrious career. That isn’t to suggest that either one was undeserving. However, each bettor will decide for him or herself how much sentimentality went into those selections.
The fan ballot at MLB.com accounts for 20% of the All-Star Game MVP vote, with the Official Scorer/BBWAA, and the announcers from the All-Star Game’s three broadcast rights-holders — FOX Sports, ESPN Radio, and MLB International — also each chipping in one-fifth.
The following are a handful of players to consider for MVP bets (odds via FanDuel Sportsbook).
Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, Angels (+480)
In a single-game scenario, it doesn’t take a lot to stand out from the pack. Ohtani has the opportunity to dig into the batter’s box and toe the rubber on Tuesday evening. His two-way exploits provide him with the most opportunity to impact the game.
Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (+600)
Judge hit a bit of a skid in June, but he’s clicking on all cylinders in recent days. He heads into the break with a 1.167 OPS over his last six games. Judge is capable of earning MVP honors completely on merit. However, he’s also a larger-than-life presence representing one of the game’s premier brands. It won’t take a lot from Judge for the voters to name him MVP.
Mookie Betts, OF, Dodgers (+950)
Betts is the first of the hometown Dodgers we’re highlighting here. He’s a dynamic, five-tool player capable of creating highlights and production in any number of ways. That includes defense, where a diving Betts catch or outfield assist will stick in the minds of fans and pundits responsible for anointing a player as the “most valuable”.
Trea Turner, SS, Dodgers (+2000)
Speed kills, and Turner comes equipped with plenty of it (17 stolen bases). He has pop and plays a premium position, so he’ll have opportunities to be in the center of the action. In some ways, Turner’s case for MVP is similar to Betts’. Both Betts and Turner are in the National League’s starting lineup, so bettors should be able to expect at least two at-bats.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Dodgers (+6000)
Remember the chatter from late June suggesting Freeman was unhappy with his decision to sign with the Dodgers? A good performance in the All-Star Game doesn’t eliminate that narrative. However, it’s not difficult to imagine a player in Freeman’s shoes feeling a little extra motivation to put that storyline further in his — and his teammates’ — rearview mirror.
There are two things that Betts, Turner, and Freeman have going for them. One, each player owns a sub-20% strikeout rate, and secondly, they’ll benefit from “home cooking” to whatever degree it will exist. As far as “long-shots” go, there is a lot to like about the Dodgers trio.
Finally, while wagering on a player who’s starting is never a bad idea, bettors shouldn’t neglect non-starters when considering MVP bets. It’s not uncommon for a player to come off the bench and log two or three at-bats, or just enough opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the All-Star game.