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2016 World Series MVP Betting Odds

After splitting the first two games of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians switch to Wrigley Field for the next three contests. But after those first two outings, Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has given himself a slight edge to win the World Series MVP.

Kluber, who is listed at +700, pitched a dominant Game 1, with the righty going 6.0 runless innings while registering nine strikeouts and no walks. With Kluber looking so good in the first game, there is a chance we could see him start two more times in the series – assuming it goes to a seventh game.

A pair of pitchers are close behind Kluber, with Indians teammate Andrew Miller and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta coming in at +750.

Miller has struck out 24 batters and has yet to allow a run in 13.2 postseason innings, which includes a two-inning, two-hit performance against Chicago. Arrieta struggled through his first two games of the postseason, but pitched 5.2 innings of one-run ball in Game 2 of the World Series.

It becomes a mess of positional players after that, as few batters are really putting up anything more than solid numbers through the first two games. Ben Zobrist (+1000) has been the most consistent player at the plate, as the Cub has gone 5-for-9 with two extra-base hits.

2016 MLB World Series MVP Odds

Odds as of October 24 at Sports Interaction

  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +700
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +750
  • Andrew Miller (CLE) +750
  • Ben Zobrist (CHC) +1000
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +1000
  • Javier Baez (CHC) +1000
  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +1000
  • Jon Lester (CHC) +1100
  • Kyle Schwarber (CHC) +1200
  • Kyle Hendricks (CHC) +1300
  • Roberto Perez (CLE) +1400
  • Francisco Lindor (CLE) +1400
  • Addison Russell (CHC) +1700
  • Mike Napoli (CLE) +1700
  • Cody Allen (CLE) +2000
  • Aroldis Chapman (CHC) +2200
  • Dexter Fowler (CHC) +2200
  • John Lackey (CHC) +2200
  • Jason Kipnis (CLE) +2500
  • Willson Contreras (CHC) +3300
  • Carlos Santana (CLE) +3300
  • Trevor Bauer (CLE) +3300
  • Jason Heyward (CHC) +4500
  • Josh Tomlin (CLE) +5500
  • Ryan Merritt (CLE) +6000

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It’s an argument as old as the World Series itself: who will win the MVP? This year, 50 players between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will aim to join a list of players that includes Josh Beckett, Pablo Sandoval and Mike Lowell.

In all seriousness, it is incredibly difficult to predict who will win the World Series MVP. About 50 percent of the time, it seems to be a team’s all-star player, while the other 50 percent it tends to go to a lesser-known player who got hot at the right time.

Kris Bryant of the Cubbies is the +600 favorite to win the award. Bryant has a .333/.409/.538 slashline through the playoffs with one home run. The biggest issue facing the young third baseman has been his strikeouts, as he has 13 compared with just four walks.

Next on the list is Jon Lester – the Cubs’ Game 1 starter – who hits the boards at +750.  Lester has always been a big-game pitcher, as the lefty has a 2.50 ERA with a 101/27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 postseason appearances. Lester will need to pitch excellent baseball to win the award, as a starting pitcher has only won the MVP twice since 2004 (Cole Hamels, Madison Bumgarner).

The highest-posted Indians player is Andrew Miller. The bullpen arm has been near perfection during the postseason with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.45 WHIP in 11.2 innings of work. Miller has registered 21 strikeouts and just five hits in those 11.2 innings.

2016 MLB World Series MVP Odds

Odds as of October 24 at Bovada

  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +600
  • Jon Lester (CHC) +750
  • Andrew Miller (CLE) +900
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +950
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +1200
  • Dexter Fowler (CHC) +1300
  • Javier Baez (CHC) +1300
  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +1500
  • Kyle Hendricks (CHC) +1500
  • Addison Russell (CHC) +1600
  • Jason Kipnis (CLE) +2000
  • Aroldis Chapman (CHC) +2000
  • Ben Zobrist (CHC) +2000
  • Mike Napoli (CLE) +2500
  • Carlos Santana (CLE) +2500
  • Cody Allen (CLE) +2500
  • Francisco Lindor (CLE) +2500
  • John Lackey (CHC) +2500
  • Wilson Contreras (CHC) +2500
  • Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE) +3000
  • Trevor Bauer (CLE) +3300
  • Tyler Naquin (CLE) +4000
  • Roberto Perez (CLE) +4500
  • Jason Heyward (CHC) +5000
  • Jose Ramirez (CLE) +5500
  • Josh Tomlin (CLE) +5500
  • Ryan Merritt (CLE) +7500

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