MLB NL and Al MVP Odds: Ohtani and Soto Are Opening Favorites

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Left: Shonei Ohtani. Right: Juan Soto.

With the beginning of the 2022 MLB season just around the corner, Vegas oddsmakers have made Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto the favorites to win the MVP awards in their respective divisions.

View the latest odds for the AL and NL MLB MVP awards and get betting insights before Opening Day on April 7.

American League MVP Odds

MLB 2022 Player Awards: American League MVP
MLB 2022 Player Awards: American League MVP
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Team Win
Shohei Ohtani +350
Vladimir Guerrero Jr +450
Mike Trout +450
Aaron Judge +900
Byron Buxton +1000
Jose Ramirez +1000
Luis Robert +2000
Wander Franco +2000
Rafael Devers +2500
George Springer +3000
Yordan Álvarez +3500
Anthony Rizzo +4000
Ty France +4500
Kyle Tucker +5000
Bo Bichette +5000
Alex Bregman +6000
Carlos Correa +7500
Giancarlo Stanton +7500
Tim Anderson +7500
Corey Seager +7500
Brandon Lowe +7500
Jose Abreu +7500
Xander Bogaerts +7500
Trevor Story +10000
Jose Altuve +10000
Marcus Semien +10000
Anthony Rendon +10000
J.D. Martinez +10000
Mitch Haniger +10000
Austin Meadows +10000
Javier Baez +10000
Joey Gallo +10000
Randy Arozarena +12500
Matt Chapman +12500
Yoan Moncada +15000
Josh Donaldson +15000
Michael Brantley +15000
Julio Rodríguez +15000
Bobby Witt Jr. +15000
Max Kepler +20000
DJ LeMahieu +20000
Trey Mancini +20000
Jeimer Candelario +20000
Yasmani Grandal +20000

MLB MVP American League

Rafael Devers

After the Red Sox third baseman made his first all-star game last year, many think he’ll be even better this season.

Devers was seventh in the AL in OPS, got 38 home runs, 113 RBIs, and a .279/.352/.538 slash line. Showing similar promise in the first few games will make MLB betting sites slash the 25-year-old’s MVP odds quickly.

Therefore, at +2000 to win the award, he won’t be short of preseason backers.

Luis Robert

Despite Chicago’s young center-fielder playing only 25 games last season before missing the next 85 after injuring his hip flexor, the young star showed promise.

In August, the powerful player made a stellar return. Unluckily, however, he got injured again in the American League Division Series.

Robert’s 13 home runs, 43 RBIs, and .338/.378/.567 slash line in only 68 games shows that he could be a dark horse to win this year’s award.

Admittedly, he has struggled with injuries, but considering that his .946 OPS last season would have ranked third in the division had he had enough at-bats and that sportsbooks have him a +2000 to win AL MVP, he’s a tempting option.

Yordan Alvarez

Alvarez more or less matched Devers’ stats last year (33 homers, 104 RBIs, .277/.346/.531, and a .877 OPS) but in about 60 fewer at-bats.

The former Rookie of the Year (2019) and ALCS MVP is a quality player. However, because he only played 41 games last year, Alvarez will need to put up huge numbers to become a designated hitter to stand a chance of winning the AL MVP award for the first time in his career – something that he is more than capable of.

Mike Trout

At +350, placing a futures bet on Trout won’t attract much action. Nevertheless, he’s arguably the best player in the world, and therefore the most likely to stop Shohei Ohtani from winning the award again.

Trout’s injury battles resulted in him only playing 36 games. But despite his long spells out aiding teammate Ohtani’s successful MVP campaign, it could have boosted his chances of winning the award this year. Why? Firstly, there will be zero voter fatigue. Secondly, he now has a chance of pulling off an impressive “comeback” story to secure votes.

National League MVP Odds

MLB 2022 Player Awards: National League MVP
MLB 2022 Player Awards: National League MVP
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Team Win
Juan Soto +500
Nolan Arenado +550
Manny Machado +550
Ronald Acuna Jr.. +800
Freddie Freeman +1000
Francisco Lindor +1000
Bryce Harper +1200
Trea Turner +1500
Mookie Betts +2000
Matt Olson +2000
Pete Alonso +2500
Austin Riley +3000
Ozzie Albies +3000
Fernando Tatís Jr. +4000
Christian Yelich +4000
Willy Adames +4500
Tyler ONeill +5000
Paul Goldschmidt +5000
Kris Bryant +5000
Max Muncy +5000
Marcell Ozuna +5000
Rhys Hoskins +7500
Starling Marte +7500
Cody Bellinger +10000
J.T. Realmuto +10000
Jake Cronenworth +10000
Bryan Reynolds +10000
Joc Pederson +10000
Keston Hiura +10000
Jonathan India +12500
Brandon Belt +12500
Justin Turner +12500
Brandon Crawford +12500
Josh Bell +12500
Joey Votto +15000
Frank Schwindel +20000
Mike Moustakas +20000
Charlie Blackmon +20000
Jean Segura +20000
Paul DeJong +20000
Jeff McNeil +20000

Francisco Lindor

After posting the lowest OPS and batting average of his career, Lindor had a debut season to forget with the Mets.

However, he’s put this poor form behind him after securing a 1.663 OPS in 25 plate appearances in spring training. As he will have a better supporting cast compared to last season, Lindor has everything in place to put up monstrous numbers this year.

Austin Riley

Vegas oddsmakers may see Riley as another MVP long shot, but many think the 24-year-old could build on the solid foundations that he laid in his breakout season last year.

Riley managed 33 homers, 107 RBIs, a .303/.367/.531 slash line and secured the 10th-best OPS in the NL last season. Improving this record in 2022 will certainly put him in the MVP conversation.

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper won NL MVP by getting a 1.044 OPS, 35 homers, 84 RBIs, and an incredible .309/.429/.615 slash line.

So the Phillies slugger has proven that he has the necessary weapons to blast his way to a second NL MVP award in a row. As Bovada has him at +750, many bettors will see Harper as a tantalizing futures option.

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Ben Perks

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