MLB MVP Betting Odds

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In a 162-game season, the betting odds for AL and NL MVP are bound to fluctuate as the season rolls on. That is the case for several players, as some have performed better than expected while others have not. Consequently, new contenders have appeared, while some preseason ones have seen their betting odds get a lot longer at sportsbooks.

As July winds down for the 2022 MLB season, it appears to be a two-person race in the AL between Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani (+115) and Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (-110).  In the NL, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt appears to be in control with -155 odds.

Latest MLB MVP Odds 2022

Unlike the NFL MVP, there is no particular position the MLB MVP awards favor. Nor is it mandatory for the MVP to come from one of the best teams in the league. Baseball is much better at recognizing excellence regardless of how well a team performs than other sports. But it will often go to the best player on one of the most improved teams.

The World Series champion often (but not always) begins the following year as favorites to win again. That is not always the case for the AL MVP and the NL MVP. However, Shohei Ohtani did begin the season favored to repeat in the AL. Juan Soto was the preseason favorite in the NL but reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper had the third-best odds behind Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr.

Odds adjust as the season goes on and as players rise to the occasion or struggle. The odds for the current top ten candidates for AL MVP and NL MVP (according to BetMGM as of July 25) are as follows:

AL MVPBetMGMNL MVPBetMGM
Aaron Judge-110Paul Goldschmidt-155
Shohei Ohtani+115Freddie Freeman+650
Yordan Alvarez+1000Manny Machado+750
Rafael Devers+2500Mookie Betts+1000
Mike Trout+3000Pete Alonso+1000
Jose Ramirez+4000Trea Turner+1600
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.+6600Austin Riley+1600
Byron Buxton+8000Nolan Arenado+3000
Giancarlo Stanton+10000Juan Soto+4000
Luis Robert+20000Kyle Schwarber+4000

MLB MVP Odds Movers And Shakers

Whose odds are improving in the AL MVP race? (from the start of the season to July 25 via BetMGM)

  • Aaron Judge +2000 to -110

Judge has been one of the more impactful players in the AL in recent years, and is certainly having a good season this year. However, injuries have hounded him in the past, and should he go on the IL for a significant amount of time, there are at least two guys that could surpass him.

  • Shohei Ohtani +350 to +115

If he was just a pitcher or DH, he might still be in the conversation for MVP, but certainly not at the forefront like he is. He is an excellent pitcher, and he is having a solid year at the plate. It will not be hard to make a case for him to win MVP, but are his contributions more significant than Judge?

  • Yordan Alvarez

Alvarez is having a breakout season for the Astros and has become one of the more impactful hitters in the AL. Judge has more home runs than him, but Alvarez has performed better than Judge in almost every other relevant statistical category.

Whose odds are improving in the NL MVP race?

  • Paul Goldschmidt +6600 to -155

Goldschmidt is playing exactly as an MVP candidate should. He has maintained a high level of play and production throughout the season. It’s a little early to say the award is his to lose, but it is getting a lot tougher for the competition to keep up with him.

  • Freddie Freeman +1200 to +650

Freeman has been a solid addition to the Dodgers lineup this season, but it may be hard for him to stand out as an MVP candidate on a roster stocked with MVP-level talent (i.e., Mookie Betts, Trea Turner).

  • Manny Machado +3500 to +750

Machado is having a good year for the Padres, but he is not having a great one. While he may be playing well enough to be the MVP of the Padres, it is hard to say he has had an NL MVP-worthy season.

Best Sportsbooks For AL MVP And NL MVP Odds

The MLB MVP betting lines typically open with similar numbers at most sportsbooks. But once books start taking bets on games and futures, the MLB MVP lines are going to change. That is why it is a recommended practice to shop for the best line for the AL and NL MVP odds.

As for which book you should go with— whichever one gives you the best odds for the player you want to bet on. Let’s say you want to bet on Rafael Devers to win AL MVP. Rather than go with BetMGM where his odds are +2000, you should go with FanDuel where his odds are +2500.

If you want to bet on Goldschmidt to win NL MVP, you are better off going with BetMGM where is odds are +800 rather than Caesars where they are +550.

Where To Find AL And NL MVP Odds

Finding a sportsbook that is taking bets on the AL and NL MVPs is not hard to do. As long as the state has legalized sports betting and books are taking bets, you will be able to put money down on baseball MVPs.

The following states have legalized and launched online sports betting:

Online sports betting has been legalized but has yet to launch in Arizona, Wyoming, Florida, and Maryland

Retail (only) sports betting is legal in North Carolina, Delaware, Mississippi, Arkansas, New Mexico, Montana, and New York (online coming soon for New York). It has been legalized but has yet to launch in Washington and Louisiana.

In-state where sports betting is legal, it is not a question of finding a sportsbook with AL and NL MVP odds. Finding the book with the best odds on your player is the question because every sportsbook will carry lines on the AL and NL MVP.

AL And NL MLB MVP Betting Odds – The Favorites

AL and NL MVP predictions are as easy to find in the offseason as they are during play. As soon as the MVP gets announced in one season, the speculation begins for the following season. Of course, as the season plays out, the players in the conversation will change. 

The contenders for the AL and NL MVP awards as the month of July winds down for the 2022 season are as follows:

Top Five AL MVP Contenders

  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Aaron Judge
  • Yordan Alvarez
  • Rafael Devers
  • Mike Trout

Top Five National League MVP Candidates

  • Mookie Betts
  • Manny Machado
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Pete Alonso

AL And NL MVP Futures Betting

It is not unusual for a sportsbook to post odds for the AL and NL MVP of one season shortly after or even before the MVPs of the current season are named. But most (if not all) sportsbooks will have AL and NL  MVP odds posted months ahead of the start of the season.

During the offseason, the odds may change depending on player movement. But what affects the odds the most (in-season or during the off-season) is how much money gets placed on certain players. If a book feels like it is taking too much money on a player, they will change the odds to make him a less-enticing bet.

Overall, the odds do not change much until the season starts and a few players begin to stand out from the rest.

World Series MVP Odds 2022

When it comes to the World Series, anything and everything is fair game for the sports betting market. World Series MVP predictions and odds will typically start to surface around the time the playoffs get underway.

That way, oddsmakers do not need to factor in every team, just the ones in the postseason.

Odds will typically favor players from the team(s) favored to win the World Series. At the start of the postseason, that will be the star players from the team with the most regular-season wins from the AL and NL.

As teams get eliminated from the playoffs, their players get removed from the list. The odds will then shift to focus on the best players from the top remaining teams. They will not always fall in line with the AL and NL MVP odds since players from losing teams can be in the picture. 

But for the World Series MVP, it can only be players from teams in the postseason.

Take Mike Trout’s AL MVP history as an example. Throughout his career, he has been at the forefront of the AL MVP conversation in every season he remained relatively healthy. But since the Angels have not qualified for the postseason, he has never had World Series MVP odds.

How To Bet On The MLB MVP

Do you think you know who is going to win the AL or NL MVP this season? Are you confident enough to put money on it? If so, here is how you should go about betting on either the AL or NL MVP (or both):

  • Review the odds at several sportsbooks to see who offers the best odds on whoever you want to bet on.
  • Register for an account with that online sportsbook. To do so, click on the ‘sign-up button on the home screen and fill out the registration page(s) with the requested personnel information. Do not forget to enter the promo code for the welcome bonus (if needed).
  • Make your first deposit.
  • Navigate to the sportsbook’s NFL MVP page and find the player you want to bet on. Click on him to open a betting slip.
  • Fill out the slip with the amount of money you wish to bet and click ‘place bet.’

FAQs About MLB MVP Betting Odds

Who is responsible for AL and NL MVP voting?

The AL and NL MVP awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

When are the AL and NL MVPs announced?

The vote on the AL and NL MVPs takes place after the conclusion of the regular season and before the playoffs. But the winners are not announced until after the World Series.

Where can I find Vegas AL and NL MVP odds?

You can find the Vegas AL and NL MVP odds at aggregator sites like VegasInsider.com, VegasOdds.com, and VSIN. But many Vegas casinos also have apps where bettors can find their odds.

Is betting on the AL and NL MVPs legal online?

Yes, betting on the AL and NL MVPs is legal online, but only in the states where betting online is legal.

Who sets the odds on the AL and NL MVP contest?

The oddsmakers of each respective sportsbook set the AL and NL MVP odds. After posting the opening odds, they will adjust them as needed.

How far in advance can I place an AL and NL MVP futures bet?

You can place a bet for AL and NL MVP as soon as the opening odds get posted. This may be as early as right before or after the current season’s MVP is named but is certainly possible months ahead of the start of the season.

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Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver

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Travis Pulver is a Senior Writer for Gaming Today and a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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