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 ended in the 2022 MLB season, it appeared 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 appeared to be in control with -155 odds.
Let’s take a look at the final season MVP odds now that we’re in the MLB World Series.
Current MLB MVP Odds
Unlike the NFL MVP, there is no particular position the MLB MVP odds 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 the favorite 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 eight candidates for AL MVP and NL MVP (according to BetMGM as of the end of the regular season) are as follows:
|AL MVP||BetMGM||NL MVP||BetMGM|
|Aaron Judge||-10000||Paul Goldschmidt||-10000|
|Shohei Ohtani||+2500||Freddie Freeman||+5000|
|Yordan Alvarez||+50000||Nolan Arenado||+6600|
|Jose Ramirez||+50000||Manny Machado||+8000|
|Rafael Devers||+50000||Trea Turner||+8000|
|Mike Trout||+50000||Mookie Betts||+8000|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||+50000||Francisco Lindor||+15000|
|Jose Altuve||+50000||Austin Riley||+25000|
|Julio Rodriguez||+50000||Dansby Swanson||+50000|
MLB MVP Betting Odds – Latest News
- The Astros won the 2022 World Series. The Phillies almost pulled the massive upset, but ultimately, the depth and quality of the Astros’ pitching wore them down.
- Aaron Judge guided the Yankees to the No. 2 seed in the AL, almost clinching the Triple Crown, but falling just shy with his .311 average. But, he did win the home run crown and should be named AL MVP.
- The Philadelphia Phillies outlasted both their NL East counterparts in the NL playoffs.
MLB MVP Predictions & Best Bets
Whose AL MVP odds are the best?
- Aaron Judge (-10000)
Almost winning the Triple Crown and setting the AL record for single-season home runs will all but clinch the MVP award for Judge. Set to be a free-agent after the season is over, all eyes are on how Judge performs in the postseason when the pressure is on. The Yankees will have stiff competition for Judge’s services on a new contract.
- Shohei Ohtani (+2500)
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 was until the final weeks of the season. He is an excellent pitcher and had a solid year at the plate. Ohtani might be the best player we’ve seen since Barry Bonds but it’s hard to argue over the year Judge produced at the plate.
- Yordan Alvarez (+50000)
Alvarez had a breakout season for the Astros and has become one of the more impactful hitters in the AL. Judge had more home runs than him, but Alvarez has performed as well as Judge in almost every other relevant statistical category.
Whose NL MVP odds are the best?
- Paul Goldschmidt (-10000)
Goldschmidt has played exactly as an MVP candidate should. He maintained a high level of play and production throughout the season. His performance over the last month should have locked in his future as the NL MVP.
- Freddie Freeman (+5000)
Freeman has been a solid addition to the Dodgers lineup this season, but it was 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 (+8000)
Machado had a good year for the Padres, but he fell short of having a great one. While he played 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:
- 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. 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 played out, the players in the conversation changed.
The contenders for the AL and NL MVP awards are clear now that the regular season is over.
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, it 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 odds, 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 align 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.