With the field appearing to narrow as we reach the midpoint of the major league baseball season, the main individual player awards are seeing betting odds fall into haves and have not’s.
These categories are still attracting sports picks action at sportsbooks who are showcasing these MLB odds and we have the latest update for you to review.
MVP – National League
Bryce Harper is still the favorite but has emerging competition.
Bryce Harper 8/5 was 5/4 odds
Giancarlo Stanton 7/2 was 10/3
Paul Goldschmidt 16/5 was 6-1
Anthony Rizzo 9-1 was 8-1
Max Scherzer 7-1 was 15-1
Washington’s Harper is still the betting favorite but two other players have made a move and one is a teammate. His closest challenger is now Paul Goldschmidt, who leads the NL in batting average and on-base percentage and for those who place a great deal in WAR (Wins Above Replacement ), Goldy’s at the time this article went live was a smidge higher at 5.3 to Harper’s 5.2.
Max Scherzer after a flurry of tremendous pitching performances out of the Bob Gibson Hall of Fame era (Google his 1969 numbers), has risen to the Top 5. However, Scherzer would have to upstage Harper to deserve further consideration. Not really sure as a baseball handicapper why Stanton is so high playing on a bad team with a .270ish batting average and leading the league in strikeouts. Rizzo is still steady.
I will stick with same order I had about a month ago.
1)Harper 2) Goldschmidt 3) Rizzo
MVP – American League
It is the same two at the top, but new faces are definitely coming on.