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MLB MVP Odds: Ohtani and Acuna At Top Of The Order

Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna are favorites for MLB MVP odds.

We’re just over two months into the 2021 MLB season and oddsmakers have updated their betting odds for American League and National League MVP awards, tabbing Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. as the early faves.

The best baseball betting sites have moved Ohtani all the way to +110 to win his first AL MVP trophy with the Los Angeles Angels, while Acuna is listed at +250 to win the NL award and continue to make his mark with the Atlanta Braves. 

Mike Trout opened as the favorite in AL MVP odds but given how his two-way teammate has fared as both a slugger and pitcher this season, Ohtani’s value to the Angels is exponentially growing by the game. Acuna, on the other hand, has been in the mix in NL MVP odds since entering MLB but teammate Freddie Freeman took home the hardware during last year’s shortened 60-game campaign.

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Let’s look at each MLB league and determine some betting value for Most Valuable Player:

Who is Favored in MLB American League MVP Odds?

Odds to Win 2021 American League MVP
PlayerOdds
Shohei Ohtani+110
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.+300
Aaron Judge+1600
Mike Trout+1600
Xander Bogaerts+1800
Jose Ramirez+1800
Byron Buxton+2000
JD Martinez+2000
Tim Anderson+4000
Alex Bregman+4000
Jose Abreu+4000
Giancarlo Stanton+4000
Yordan Alvarez+5000
Gerrit Cole+5000
DJ LeMahieu+5000
Rafael Devers+5000
Bo Bichette+5000

Odds as of June 2 at BetOnline

At this point, it’s truly shocking to see the impact Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels has had on AL MVP odds. The dual threat he presents as a hitter and starting pitcher is something MLB hasn’t seen in decades since game footage and still images were in black and white.

Ohtani currently is fifth in the majors in home runs with 15 and is tied for sixth in RBIs and slugging percentage. While the hitting is fairly remarkable, the fact that he is also in the Angels starting rotation is what truly sets him apart. It takes a lot to stand out on a roster that includes someone as talented as Mike Trout but Ohtani is doing just that.

His home run highlights are absurdly enjoyable as he takes cuts at pitches way outside the zone and takes them out of the park. As for the pitching, he may only be above-average in most statistical categories but it’s still remarkable to watch a full-time position player have a 2.72 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 36.1 innings. His WHIP is a little high at 1.24 but that’s because he’s still having some command issues, which have led to 26 walks. That’s not something that can’t be corrected but it’s still worth monitoring through the season.

Trout has dropped to +1600 on the oddsboard and has been out of the Angels lineup since May 17 with a calf strain. Everyone knows just how valuable he is but the fact remains that no matter how well he does at the dish, his contributions to team success can only go so far when Ohtani is cranking bombs to the parking lot and striking out the side in the next inning. Voter fatigue is a real thing in the MLB MVP races and after winning three MVP trophies in his career, the media has moved on to the next “cool” thing to be captivated by.


Who is Favored in MLB National League MVP Odds?

Odds to Win 2021 National League MVP
PlayerOdds
Ronald Acuna Jr.+250
Fernando Tatis Jr.+310
Jacob deGrom+850
Kris Bryant+1000
Nolan Arenado+1100
Bryce Harper+1200
Juan Soto+1400
Mookie Betts+1600
Trea Turner+1600
Corey Seager+4000
Christian Yelich+4500
Manny Machado+4500
Max Muncy+5000
Cody Bellinger+5500
Pete Alonso+6000
JT Realmuto+6000
Anthony Rizzo+6600

Odds as of June 2 at BetOnline

It’s difficult to put into words just how impressive Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. has been since he entered Major League Baseball. The 23-year-old is already in his fourth season with the Braves and made an impact from the jump in 2018 when he had 26 home runs and 64 RBIs, while he was one of the few players to qualify for the 30-30 club in 2019. 

His influence on team performance can’t be measured simply with traditional offensive and defensive statistics and it’s not a coincidence that the Braves have made the postseason each year that he’s been in the majors. 

In 2021, he’s tearing the cover off the ball with 17 home runs and a 1.035 OPS that ranks third in MLB. Barring injury and assuming the Braves continue to be competitive in the NL East, it’s difficult to see another candidate usurping him for the favorite label in NL Most Valuable Player odds, unless it’s maybe one player in San Diego.

Dark-Horse Candidate in NL MVP Odds

It’s hard to view Fernando Tatis Jr. as a “dark horse” considering he was fourth in NL MVP voting in 2020 but he would be the best pick on the board based on value and overall talent. Tatis may be the most exciting player to arrive in baseball since Mike Trout and is now the cover athlete for MLB 21 The Show.

Hype aside, the young shortstop has been electric on the field. In 2021, he’s hit 16 home runs (five in a three-game stretch) with a .293 batting average while providing elite defense at shortstop. This is coming off a shortened season in 2020 in which he put up 17 home runs, 45 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The craziest stat about Tatis is he has only played a total of 182 games in the big leagues over three years.

Last season, he opened at +1200 in MLB MVP odds and by midseason was the NL betting favorite before Braves 1B Freddie Freeman went on a run and ended up winning the award. Fernando Mania is alive and well again in the state of California.


Making a Futures Bet

A futures bet is a wager made on events or milestones that will happen in time. The MLB MVP bet is a form of futures betting because you are making a pick based on an outcome determined at the end of the MLB regular season. The trophy is usually given out in mid-December and if you want to get a bigger payout, it’s best to lock in your bets sooner rather than later so you can take advantage of better odds. The closer it gets to the end of the season, the more the odds will change.

How to Read MLB MVP Odds

The above chart features the odds for each top player in the American League and National League. At your sportsbook of choice, the betting lines would look something like this:

Mookie Betts +650

Ronald Acuna +1000

Christian Yelich +1200

This means that Betts is the favorite since he has the lowest odds and the highest chance of winning the prop, according to oddsmakers. If you were to bet $100 on Betts and he won, you would get a payout of $750 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $650.

On the other hand, if you strongly believe that Yelich is going to shine in Milwaukee, a winning $100 bet on him would yield $1,300 – your $100 comes back along with your prize of $1,200.

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