Below, I'll break down all the major player props and award races for the current baseball season. As well, I offer my best pick for each market if you want to tail me and some history for the main awards:
American League MVP Odds
Whelp, this one's kinda lame, in the best way possible. What Shohei Ohtani is doing this season is so historically brilliant that he's run away with the American League MVP race by the beginning of August. The only hope we had for anyone else to win this award was if the Angels decided to trade Ohtani at the 2023 MLB trade deadline. With 40 homers as a batter and 160 strikeouts on the mound, Ohtani could miss the rest of the year and still win the MVP at this point.
Best Bet: Just Appreciate Ohtani
National League MVP Odds
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||-300|
Bookmakers seem pretty convinced Acuna Jr. is gonna run away with the NL MVP pretty soon. He might hit 35 homers and steal 70 bases, but this is a guy who hasn't played a full season since 2019, so there's always room for someone else to win the NL MVP.
If Acuna was to get hurt, I'd put my money on Mookie. The Dodgers superstar is having his best offensive season by OPS+ since he won the MVP in 2018 and I don't think we're talking enough about what he's done on defense. Betts has become the ultimate super-utility superstar, playing games at right field, second base, and shortstop this season.
Best Bet: Mookie Betts +4000
American League Cy Young Odds
Gerrit Cole has come so frickin close to the Cy Young the last few years. He's finished top-five in Cy voting in four of the last five seasons, including two second-place finishes. He may not be having his greatest season in 2023, with the strikeouts a bit down. But, with no other challenger really pushing Cole, I think voters will give the Yankee a Cy as a career achievement award.
Best Bet: Gerrit Cole -275
National League Cy Young Odds
There are plenty of deserving NL Cy candidates, but what Braves hurler Spencer Strider is doing right now just hasn't been seen in a long time. Strider currently leads the National League in FIP and is posting incredible strikeout rates.
With 14.4 strikeouts-per-nine, Strider is currently on pace to punch out 300 people this year. The Braves righty would become the first pitcher to reach 300 Ks since Justin Verlander did so in 2019 and it would give him a clear edge in the Cy voting.
Best Bet: Spencer Strider +500
American League Rookie of the Year Odds
Henderson has been solid all season long, but Yoshida has flashed a little more upside. In May, the Red Sox's outfielder hit .354 with 15 RBI in 24 games, posting a gaudy .962 OPS. If Yoshida can get hot again late this season, rattling off another dominant month like that, he could nudge out the Orioles infielder for AL RotY.
Best Bet: Masataka Yoshida +175
National League Rookie of the Year
|Elly De La Cruz||+1800|
I'd love to find some value down the board here, but this award is Carroll's to lose. He's already locked up a 20/20 season and could push for 30/30 if he snags a few more late-season homers. The DBacks outfielder is one of the NL West's best young hitters and brings elite speed and defense to the table, too.
Best Bet: Corbin Caroll -2500
MLB Home Run Leader Odds
Here's the reason I'm siding with Olson here: lineup protection. The Braves have Ozzie Albies, Acuna, and Austin Riley around Olson, while Ohtani is basically by himself. More and more this year, teams are just giving free passes to Ohtani (he has 15 IBBs) and taking their chances with the rest of Los Angeles' roster. If you don't see pitches to hit, you can't hit homers, so I'm siding with the guy with a little lineup protection.
Best Bet: Matt Olson +115
MLB Awards Odds History
Here are the last five winners for both the National League and America League sides of each major MLB award:
MLB MVP Award History
|AL Winner||NL Winner|
|2022||Aaron Judge||Paul Goldschmidt|
|2021||Shohei Ohtani||Bryce Harper|
|2020||Jose Abreu||Freddie Freeman|
|2019||Mike Trout||Cody Bellinger|
|2018||Mookie Betts||Christian Yelich|
MLB Cy Young Award History
|Year||AL Winner||NL Winner|
|2022||Justin Verlander||Sandy Alcantara|
|2021||Robbie Ray||Corbin Burnes|
|2020||Shane Bieber||Trevor Bauer|
|2019||Justin Verlander||Jacob deGrom|
|2018||Blake Snell||Jacob deGrom|
MLB Rookie of the Year Award History
|Year||AL Winner||NL Winner|
|2022||Julio Rodriguez||Michael Harris II|
|2021||Randy Arozarena||Jonathan India|
|2020||Kyle Lewis||Devin Williams|
|2019||Yordan Alvarez||Pete Alonso|
|2018||Shohei Ohtani||Ronald Acuna Jr.|