Betting the ESPYs

Johnny Manziel, the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, appears to be a lock to win the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete over a field of relative unknowns. However, the most value in betting the ESPYs might be found in the Best MLB Player category. 
Manziel, Texas A&M's hot-shot quarterback, is a hefty -500 favorite to best Trey Burke, Drew LeBlanc, and Kyle Dake for the ESPY at BovadaBurke was the college basketball player of the year, but LeBlanc and Dake are relative unknowns; LeBlanc is a star hockey player for St. Cloud State, and Dake is a Cornell wrestler. 
Maybe Manziel's off-the-field issues hurt him, but it's hard to imagine him getting tripped up by the likes of Burke, LeBlanc, or Dake. You’ll have to bet $500 to win $100 if you like Manziel, though.
However, you only have to lay $200 to win $100 if you think Miguel Cabrera wins the ESPY for Best MLB Player. Cabrera, of course, became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemaki in 2012 and is off to another torrid start this year for the Detroit Tigers. He faces stiffer competition than Manziel, including Mike Trout, Buster Posey, David Price, and R.A. Dickey. However, the odds certainly are cheaper than Manziel.
You can vote for the winners here before the show airs at 9pm ET on Wednesday night.

 

2013 ESPY Awards odds (courtesy of Bovada)

 

Best Male Athlete

LeBron James -200

Adrian Peterson +250

Miguel Cabrera +400

Michael Phelps +1500

 

Best Female Athlete

Serena Williams +125

Brittney Griner +160

Gabby Douglas +250

Missy Franklin +900

 

Best Fighter

Floyd Mayweather Jr. -150

Jon "Bones" Jones +125

Anderson Silva +400

Canelo Alvarez +2500

Danny Garcia +3300

 

Best NFL Player

Adrian Peterson -175

Peyton Manning +250

JJ Watt +500

Calvin Johnson +650

Aaron Rodgers +1000

 

Best MLB Player

Miguel Cabrera -200

Mike Trout +200

Buster Posey +900

David Price +900

R.A. Dickey +900

 

Best NHL Player

Sidney Crosby -500

Alexander Ovechkin +200

John Tavares +1200

Henrik Lundqvist +3300

Martin St. Louis +3300

 

Best International Athlete

Usain Bolt -150

Novak Djokovic +225

Lionel Messi +300

Cristiano Ronaldo +900

Juan Manuel Marquez +2000

 

Best Male College Athlete

Johnny Manziel -500

Trey Burke +300

Drew LeBlanc +1500

Kyle Drake +1500

 

Best Driver

Tony Kanaan -200

Brad Keselowski +300

Sebastian Vettel +400

Ryan Hunter-Reay +1000

 

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