For some bettors, putting money down on MVP odds is as much fun as putting it down on the championship. Why? Easy—because the field is so much more extensive and opening odds longer, there is more money to potentially be won getting involved in MLB MVP betting odds than for the World Series.
Of course, the sooner you invest in the AL and AL MVP races, the more likely you are to get better odds. The same is true for the World Series MVP once those odds get posted during the playoffs. As soon as a few guys start to stand out, their odds are going to plummet.
Current MLB MVP Odds 2021-2022
Unlike the NFL MVP, there is no particular position that favors the MLB MVP awards. 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 like it did in 2020. Last season it was Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreau in the AL and Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman in the NL.
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. Odds will adjust as the season goes on as players rise to the occasion or struggle.
The odds for the current top ten candidates for AL MVP and NL MVP (according to William Hill) are as follows:
|AL MVP||Odds (as of May 30)||NL MVP||Odds (as of May 30)|
|Shohei Ohtani||-110||Ronald Acuna Jr.||+300|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||+375||Fernando Tatis Jr.||+375|
|Xander Bogaerts||+2000||Jacob DeGrom||+800|
|Byron Buxton||+2000||Nolen Arenado||+1000|
|Aaron Judge||+2000||Kris Bryant||+1500|
|JD Martinez||+2000||Bryce Harper||+1500|
|Jose Ramirez||+2500||Trea Turner||+1600|
|Mike Trout||+2500||Mookie Betts||+2000|
|Gerrit Cole||+3000||Juan Soto||+2000|
|Alex Bregman||+5000||Nicholas Catellanos||+2200|
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—it depends on what your strategy is.
If you are locked in on going with the favorites for the AL and NL, then you are going to want to go with FanDuel. FanDuel has the highest odds on Ohtani (+135) and Acuna (+310). Ohtani’s odds range from -110 to +125 at the other major sportsbooks while just about everyone else has Acuna listed at +300.
But if you are thinking of going with someone other than the favorite, it gets a little harder to recommend one sportsbook. The odds are similar but vary to a degree at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, BetMGM, PointsBet, etc.
It will certainly be worth line shopping to see who gives you the best odds. However, if you are not too concerned with getting a player for +310 rather than +300, then you may want to consider who has the best welcome bonus.
BetMGM is offering a risk-free bet with a max value of $600 while you can get a risk-free bet with a max value of $500 at PointsBet. PointsBet makes the cut over other sportsbooks with similar risk-free bets because you also get a risk-free bet to use when you make a ‘points betting’ wager.
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:
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Washington DC
- West Virginia
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. It is a question of finding the book with the best odds on your player 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 in 2021 are as follows:
Top Five AL MVP Contenders
- Shohei Ohtani: Anyone that can maintain an ERA under 3.0 (2.72 in seven starts) while also leading the team in home runs (15) and RBI (40) deserves to be awarded something.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: Guerrero Jr. is one of the best young hitters in the game today with a batting average of .326, OPS of 1.073, and 16 home runs.
- Xander Bogaerts: Boston’s shortstop was on the outside looking in on the AL MVP conversation when the season began. But being one of the more consistent (.326 BA; 2nd in AL) and productive hitters (10 home runs, 31 RBI) has him in the middle of the conversation now.
- Byron Buxton: A scorching-hot start to the season (.426 BA, 1.363 OPS in April) got the Twins center fielder from nowhere near the MVP conversation to right in the thick of it. But a cold May along with a stint on the IL is bound to make his odds drop.
- Aaron Judge: Playing for the Yankees is a good springboard for a potential MVP candidate. But hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 29 RBI will get you to the forefront of the conversation.
- JD Martinez: Boston’s left fielder is one of the better hitters in baseball and his production so far this season is proof of that (.328 BA with 12 home runs and 39 RBI). If Ohtani or Guerrero Jr. slip in the second half, he’ll make a good frontrunner.
Top Five National League MVP Candidates
- Ronald Acuna Jr.: When you are tied for the NL lead in home runs (15) and play for one of the better teams in the league (Atlanta Braves), you are going to be in the conversation (or leading it) for NL MVP.
- Fernando Tatis Jr.: The Padres shortstop has hit as many home runs as Acuna Jr. but has a higher batting average (.299), OPS (1.074), and more RBI (39). If he had played in as many games as Acuna Jr. (37 to 46), he would have the shorter odds.
- Jacob DeGrom: At the rate the Mets pitcher is going, they might name an award after him by the end of the season (or maybe a bridge in NYC). With seven starts and 45 innings under his belt, he has allowed just four earned runs for an incredible .80 ERA.
- Nick Castellanos: When you have the highest batting average in the NL (.358) and hit for power (.647 slugging percentage; tops in the AL), you are going to be talked about as a potential MVP.
- Kris Bryant: The Cubs third baseman is doing everything he can to keep Chicago in the thick of the NL Central hunt hitting .320 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI.
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
The AL and NL MVP awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
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.
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.
Yes, betting on the AL and NL MVPs is legal online, but only in the states where betting online is legal.
The oddsmakers of each respective sportsbook set the AL and NL MVP odds. After posting the opening odds, they will adjust them as needed.
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.