Best Bets for AL, NL MVP in 2020

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by Americas Bookie - 7/1/2020 2:58 PM Share

With major league baseball's announcement to start the 2020 regular season on July 23, it's time for MLB betting enthusiasts to get your futures bets in for league MVPs in early. Players will have just 60 games in which to capture the award, but for several candidates the limited number of games is plenty.

NL Candidates

Youth abounds in the National League MVP race as Atlanta star Ronald Acuna Jr. checks in as +350 favorite after batting .280, hitting 41 homers, and driving in 101 runs last season. Acuna also stole 37 bases in 2019.

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A perennial NL MVP candidate, Christian Yelich, is also among the favorites. Yelich won the award in 2018. Last season, he led the league in batting average (.329) and slugging percentage, becoming the first to do so in consecutive seasons since Rogers Hornsby.

Other National League candidates include the Dodgers Mookie Betts, who won the award in the American League in 2018. His teammate, Cody Bellinger, was the NL MVP last season.

While Betts is priced at +500, Bellinger might be the best value bet at +800. Bellinger has now won an NL Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and an NLCS MVP. The downside of a wager on Bellinger is there hasn't been a repeat NL MVP winner since Albert Pujols in 2008-09.

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San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is a future star and is given +800 odds to win the award this season. The Padres likely will not do well enough for Tatis to be involved in the discussion.

The other value candidate is Washington's Juan Soto. The 21-year-old hit .282, hit 34 home runs, and had 110 RBIs in 2019. Soto is given +700 odds to win and with the Nationals coming off a World Series win, Soto could be right in the thick of things in 2020.

AL Candidates

There is no question who the favorite is in the American League, but you have to consider your online sports betting strategies . Angels OF Mike Trout captured his third MVP last year despite missing 30 games. That should put to rest any thoughts about a shortened season affecting Trout.

Trout is a -125 favorite to win a fourth MVP in 2020. He is such an overwhelming favorite that his closest competitor is priced at +850. Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres will definitely have a shot at pulling the upset as his team is favored to make the World Series.

Torres hit .278 with 38 home runs last season. If he does that again in leading the Yankees to an AL pennant and a World Series, he'll make plenty of futures bettors happy.

Torres' teammate Aaron Judge is another who could find himself in the race because of the Yankees' success. Judge missed a bulk of last season, but healthy he can be a difference maker. Judge and Houston's Alex Bregman (.296, 41 HR, 112 RBI) are given +950 odds to win the 2020 AL MVP.

Bregman had a season to remember in 2019 and finished second to Trout in last season's MVP race. Houston is expected to win the AL West once again and battle the Yankees for the league pennant.



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