2019 National League MVP Betting Odds

The National League MVP race is absolutely wide open. Last season, the best player in the National League by WAR was Jacob deGrom who won the Cy Young. The MVP was Christian Yelich who was the best among the hitters, but in WAR he wasn’t even close to deGrom. This is a good thing. It seems like the shift has happened and we can just throw out all the pitcher odds. This is a hitter’s award now because if you were ever going to give it to a pitcher, last year was the year.

Bryce Harper is now a Philadelphia Phillie (Philly?) and he is the closest thing that we have to a favorite here. I don’t really see that as that is a bit too much of a storybook ending and not really in line with his stats the past couple of seasons. I am looking more towards his teammate Rhys Hoskins who could really benefit from having that bat in the lineup.

It surprises me a bit to see Christian Yelich’s odds so low for the repeat. He made huge leaps forward last season and he’ll still be just 27 this year. Repeating is hard, but I wouldn’t sleep on him.

One of the big stories of the offseason was that the Reds might actually be good now? There is one guy on their team who deserves discussion for this award every season and that guy is Joey Votto. He’s led the league in OBP the last three seasons and with some better teammates, maybe he can knock in a few more runs and get a few more homeruns. He’s better than +3000 to +4000, that’s for sure.

Paul Goldschmidt moves to St. Louis this season and that has boosted his odds a bit here. I don’t see it. For a first baseman, I prefer Freddie Freeman. For a Cardinal, I prefer not to bet any Cardinals.

2019 MLB Futures

Of course, Freeman isn’t even my favorite Brave. My favorite Brave and favorite sleeper is Ronald Acuna. He had a .917 OPS in a 111 games last season as a 20-year old. Think about that. He’s only going to get better and will be playing a full season here.

Another guy who is young and impressive is 20-year old Juan Soto. He had a .923 OPS in 116 games last season. I actually like one of his teammates a bit better.

Anthony Rendon is always solid and he might be my favorite play out of the third baseman. Kris Bryant and Manny Machado are better, but Rendon is going to be a big part of this team that I think will be better than most think and he’s in a contract year. Rendon will be .300/.400/.500 and a jump in homeruns could do a ton for him.

Full odds are below:

(5Dimes odds were not available as of this writing. Will update later when they become available.)

Player Bovada Sports Interaction 888Sport
Bryce Harper +600 +400 5.0
Nolan Arenado +700 +700 9.0
Paul Goldschmidt +1000 +1000 13.0
Kris Bryant +1100 +1200 17.0
Manny Machado +1600 +1600 15.0
Christian Yelich +1800 +1600 21.0
Freddie Freeman +2000 +1600 19.0
Eugenio Suarez +2000 +1600 29.0
Anthony Rizzo +2500 +2000 29.0
Rhys Hoskins +2500 +2000 21.0
Javier Baez +2000 +2000 34.0
Anthony Rendon +2500 +2000 26.0
Cody Bellinger +2500 +2500 29.0
Ronald Acuna Jr. +2000 +2500 29.0
Corey Seager +2500 +4000 23.0
Justin Turner +3000 +2500 34.0
Joey Votto +3000 +4000 34.0
Juan Soto +3000 +5000 34.0
Trevor Story +2500 +3300 34.0
Marcell Ozuna +4000 +2500 101.0
Yasiel Puig +4000 +3300 67.0
Charlie Blackmon +4000 +3300 41.0
Eric Hosmer +4000 +4000 151.0
Jesus Aguilar +4000 +4000 101.0
Robinson Cano +4000 +4000 151.0
Josh Donaldson +4000 +5000 51.0
J.T. Realmuto +4000 +4000 41.0
Wil Myers +5000 +5000 101.0
Starling Marte +5000 +5000 151.0
Max Muncy +5000 +5000 81.0
Matt Carpenter +5000 +5000 67.0
Max Scherzer +5000 101.0
Trea Turner +6000 +5000 23.0
Ozzie Albies +6000 101.0
Jacob deGrom +10000 101.0
Lorenzo Cain +5000 81.0
Andrew McCutchen +6600 67.0
Michael Conforto 51.0
Daniel Murphy 81.0
Buster Posey 81.0
A.J. Pollock 101.0
Brian Anderson 126.0
Scooter Gennett 126.0
Yasmani Grandal 126.0
Jed Lowrie 126.0
Mike Moustakas 126.0
Travis Shaw 126.0
Brandon Belt 151.0
Ryan Braun 151.0
Brandon Crawford 151.0
Paul DeJong 151.0
Adam Eaton 151.0
Jake Lamb 151.0
Evan Longoria 151.0
Ketel Marte 151.0
David Peralta 151.0
Victor Robles 151.0
Kyle Schwarber 151.0
Jean Segura 151.0
Walker Buehler 251.0
Starlin Castro 251.0
Willson Contreras 251.0
Corey Dickerson 251.0
Brian Dozier 251.0
Eduardo Escobar 251.0
Wilmer Flores 251.0
Ender Inciarte 251.0
Clayton Kershaw 251.0
Nick Markakis 251.0
Yadier Molina 251.0
Brandon Nimmo 251.0
Aaron Nola 251.0
Nick Senzel 251.0
Noah Syndergaard 251.0

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