The 2022 MLB World Series is almost over. With the Astros leading baseball’s finale three games to two, we’ve got updated World Series MVP odds out, with ample value to choose from.
According to the best baseball betting sites, Houston shortstop Jeremy Pena is the new favorite after five games.
Below, we’ll break down the favorites and some long shots for World Series MVP. For now, here are the top players in the odds to win World Series MVP. You can find the full odds list at Bovada.
Who Will Win World Series MVP?
Odds as of November 4 at Bovada
Bet The Batters In World Series MVP Odds
While starting pitchers used to dominate the World Series MVP award, it’s been all batters lately. Of the last 13 WS MVP winners, 11 have been hitters.
Hitters are in the lineup every day, able to impact each game of a four- to seven-game series. Starting pitchers, on the other hand, will get only two or maybe three starts in a series. It takes a truly remarkable performance from a pitcher, like Madison Bumgarner’s 21 innings pitched in the 2014 World Series, to earn this honor as a hurler. Maybe someone like Cristian Javier is capable of that kind of historic feat after his six no-hit innings in Game 4, but we wouldn’t bet on it.
World Series MVP Odds: The Popular Bets
Alex Bregman (+500)
The Astros are currently favored in World Series odds, so it makes sense to target a player from their squad for World Series MVP picks.
Bregman hasn’t been dominant so far in the World Series, but he has two doubles, a homer and four RBIs through the first four games. He’s also been particularly clutch, with lead-stealing hits and great plays to end ball games on the defensive side. If you’re looking just at the numbers, a guy like Jeremy Pena (with one homers, three RBIs and a 1.028 OPS in the World Series) is probably the safer bet. But Bregman has the name recognition, narrative, and better value on his side.
Bryce Harper (+750)
Harper has 'just' a .250 batting average and .929 OPS in the World Series so far, but he’s the heart and soul of this Phillies lineup. If the Phils find a way to win two more games and hoist the trophy, Harper will certainly be a big reason why. With no other Phillies player standing out as an obvious WS MVP favorite right now, Harper is the smart play if you think the Phillies are going to win the World Series.
World Series MVP Odds Long-Shot Bet:
Rhys Hoskins (+5000)
In his first four playoff games ever, Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins had one hit, no walks and six strikeouts. In the seven games that followed, he was one of Philly’s best bats, with a 1.191 OPS, five homers and 11 RBIs.
Hoskins hasn’t yet carried that torrid power streak into the World Series, but we know what kind of hot streak he can get on. When he’s at his best, he’s a high-OBP, massive power bat stuck in between Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper. If the Astros want to avoid those big lefty bats, they’ll have to pitch to Hoskins. If we’re looking for a bat who can get hot in these final two World Series games, look no further.
How To Read MLB World Series MVP Odds
When you visit your MLB betting site of choice, you’ll notice 2022 World Series MVP odds that might be laid out like this:
Unlike a moneyline bet where favorites are shown by the minus sign (-) and underdogs have a plus sign (+), the player with the lowest odds with the plus sign (+) is the fave. In this scenario, it’s Mike Trout. If you were to bet $100 on Trout in World Series MVP betting odds and it hits, you would win $500 – your $100 is returned and you would get +400 in profit.