2019 American League MVP Betting Odds

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The American League MVP award is one that’s really not a whole lot of fun to bet on. You have Mike Trout, the clear best player in the game, and then you have everyone else. The last two seasons have seen Trout miss time with injury, but without such an injury he probably could’ve won last year.

Or maybe not because Mookie Betts had one heck of a season. He finished with 10.9 WAR, but a lot of that was made up in defense. On pure Offensive WAR, Trout was better. Regardless, you can bet on these two and maybe make a little money (Trout is at just +150 to +200), or you can make a risky play for someone else. There isn’t really a great strategy here.

If there was, I’d say it’s to go with Yankees or Astros. These are in all likelihood going to be the two best teams in the American League this season and they will both get some huge performances from their star players. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez are the best plays in New York while Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and George Springer are the top plays in Houston.

2019 MLB Futures

I guess we could make a good argument for the Cleveland twosome of Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor as well. Last season these two were tied for fourth among all batters with 7.9 WAR. They will once again be on a good team and they will once again be playing in a division where the pitching is thin.

It’s hard to do in a league with Trout and Betts though. Just like it’s hard to event think about sleepers in this category. If we figure the Red Sox, Indians, Yankees and Astros are locked in for the playoffs, that just leaves us one Wild Card team. Who do you like best? Athletics, Rays, Angels or Twins? After that it gets pretty ugly so let’s look at each team.

  • Angels: Trout, duh.
  • Athletics: Matt Chapman had the defensive year last year that nearly got him in this conversation. A slight bump on offense and maybe? I think I might prefer Matt Olson though.
  • Rays: This team is far more a sum is greater than their parts kind of team, but Tommy Pham is intriguing. Had some injury woes last year, but really excelled after the trade to Tampa. Hit .306/.411/.520 in 2017.
  • Twins: This isn’t going to happen, but if it does… Byron Buxton? I believe!

It’s most likely going to be Trout though.

Full odds are below:

(5Dimes odds weren’t up as of this writing. I will update if they become available.)

Player Bovada Sports Interaction 888Sport
Mike Trout +150 +200 2.8
Mookie Betts +550 +500 7.0
Aaron Judge +700 +1200 11.0
Alex Bregman +1300 +1200 11.0
Jose Ramirez +1500 +2000 17.0
Jose Altuve +2500 +2000 23.0
Francisco Lindor +2000 +2000 19.0
Carlos Correa +2000 +2000 26.0
Giancarlo Stanton +2500 +2000 26.0
J.D. Martinez +3000 +2000 13.0
George Springer +4500 +3300 51.0
Khris Davis +4000 +2000 41.0
Gary Sanchez +5000 +3300 51.0
Jose Abreu +5000 +2500 81.0
Nomar Mazara +5000 126.0
Nick Castellanos +5000 +3300 101.0
Matt Olson +5000 +3300 41.0
Eddie Rosario +5000 +3300 151.0
Matt Chapman +4000 +4000 34.0
Andrew Benintendi +4500 +3300 51.0
Nelson Cruz +6000 +4000 51.0
Joey Gallo +6000 +4000 67.0
Randal Grichuk +6600 +5000 126.0
Xander Bogaerts +5500 +5000 67.0
Gleyber Torres +6000 +4000 81.0
Justin Smoak +6600 101.0
Miguel Andujar +6600 101.0
Justin Upton +10000 101.0
Rougned Odor +10000 101.0
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. +10000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +10000 67.0
Miguel Cabrera +10000 101.0
Whit Merrifield +10000 101.0
Jackie Bradley Jr. 101.0
Michael Brantley 101.0
Mitch Haniger 101.0
Eloy Jimenez 101.0
Corey Kluber 101.0
Chris Sale 101.0
Andrelton Simmons 101.0
Edwin Encarnacion 126.0
Aaron Hicks 126.0
Kevin Kiermaier 126.0
Yoan Moncada 126.0
Adalberto Mondesi 126.0
Tommy Pham 126.0
Byron Buxton 151.0
C.J. Cron 151.0
Rafael Devers 151.0
Max Kepler 151.0
Shohei Ohtani 151.0
Jurickson Profar 151.0
Carlos Santana 151.0
Luis Severino 201.0
Justin Verlander 251.0
Carlos Carrasco 251.0
Gerrit Cole 251.0
Zack Cozart. 251.0
Ramon Laureano 251.0
Trey Mancini 251.0
James Paxton 251.0
Stephen Piscotty 251.0
Albert Pujols 251.0
Miguel Sano 251.0
Kyle Seager 251.0
Marcus Semien 251.0
Mallex Smith 251.0
Blake Snell 251.0