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2021 MLB Rookie of the Year Odds: Arozarena, India Lead The Way

Jonathan India and Randy Arozarena lead 2021 MLB Rookie of the Year odds.

The award races are in full swing with less than 20 games remaining in the 2021 MLB season. While some of the best in baseball battle it out for the Cy Young and MVP awards, top young players are in contention for the NL Rookie of the Year and AL Rookie of the Year awards.

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BetOnline Sportsbook has listed 2021 MLB Rookie of the Year odds for both leagues and there are two clear favorites. Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Arozarena leads the AL odds at -200, while Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India has it pretty much locked up in the NL with odds at -1000.

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Who Will Win AL Rookie Of The Year?

2021 AL Rookie of the Year Odds
Randy Arozarena-200
Adolis Garcia+240
Wander Franco+1200
Luis Garcia+1200
Ryan Mountcastle+2500

Odds as of September 17 at BetOnline Sportsbook

AL Rookie Of The Year Betting Favorite: Randy Arozarena (-200)

Breaking into the majors last season with a strong finish and an amazing 2020 postseason, Arozarena is looking to add some early hardware to his resume. 

With a .804 OPS, hitting .270, and quickly becoming one of the important cogs in a division-leading Rays lineup, Arozarena has nudged ahead in a tight AL Rookie of the Year pack. However, in the last 28 days, Randy has begun to struggle a tad, hitting .214 with an OPS a little over .700

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Adolis Garcia (+240)

Texas Rangers all-star Adolis Garcia has 30 homers in his rookie season, picking up the power for now-traded outfielder Joey Gallo. While Garcia’s .294 OBP and .247 batting average are pretty pedestrian, the American League ROY crop is weak enough that his power and early-season storyline could carry him the remainder of the season into AL ROY contention.

To go with his .769 OPS, Garcia is also playing a great defensive outfield, including 79 starts in center field. Adolis appears to be just behind Arozarena in the race but could make it interesting with a great close to his season. 

Wander Franco (+1200)

Wander Franco came into the season as the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball, and he is playing like it. After a slow start, the 20-year-old stud has turned it up and is now well in the running for that ROY award.

In just 62 games, Franco has an OPS of .810, while hitting for a very solid average at .285. Franco has shown flashes of what he is capable of, which has put his name up there in ROY odds.

In the last 28 days, Franco has really heated up. He has 25 hits in the 18 games he has played over that span, accounting for a phenomenal slash line of .347/.397/.528. If he continues playing at this level and Arozarena continues his struggles, the race could get interesting. However, it appears to be a two-way race between Arozarena and Garcia.

Who Are NL Rookie Of The Year Betting Favorites?

2021 NL Rookie of the Year Odds
Jonathan India-1000
Trevor Rogers+550
Patrick Wisdom+1000

Odds as of September 17 at BetOnline Sportsbook

Jonathan India (-1000) A Big Favorite In NL Rookie Of The Year Odds

Like Arozarena, Reds infielder Jonathan India is surging in the second half, quickly climbing the NL ROY oddsboard and becoming a clear favorite. At -1000, odds imply a 90.91 percent chance India wins the NL Rookie of the Year award.

With 20 homers, 66 RBIs and a .835 OPS, India has become an important part of a strong Reds lineup. His OPS leads all qualified rookies, carried by a strong batting average and elite walk rate. While the counting stats aren’t better than some of his competition, India’s efficiency has him positioned as the NL pick today.

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Trevor Rogers (+550)

Marlins lefty Trevor Rogers has not only been one of the best rookie pitchers in the league but one of the best hurlers overall.

A 2021 all-star, Rogers was set to add another trophy to his case, but he was away from the Marlins on a family medical emergency leave for several days. This has led him to fall in the odds as India has continued to light it up.

With a 2.71 ERA in 23 starts and 122.2 innings, Rogers should be near the top of NL Cy Young ballots, let alone MLB Rookie of the Year odds. He has outstanding peripheral numbers to go with his great ERA, posting a 2.7 FIP, striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings and allowing just six homers all season.

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