AL MVP Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch
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The American League Most Valuable Player Award has a long line of legends among its honorees – but no one has won it more times during the 21st Century than Mike Trout. It was first awarded in 1931, and the first three recipients were Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth.
Two months into the 2021 season, Trout’s Angels teammate Shohei Ohtani has emerged as the favorite in MLB futures betting to win the 2021 AL MVP award. Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu won it in a 2020 season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
AL MVP Odds
|Shohei Ohtani, Angels||+115|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays||+450|
|Mike Trout, Angels||+1400|
|JD Martinez, Red Sox||+1400|
|Aaron Judge, Yankees||+1500|
|Byron Buxton, Twins||+1700|
|Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox||+2000|
|Jose Ramirez, Indians||+2500|
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Top AL MVP Contenders
Shohei Ohtani, Angels (+115, BetMGM)
Trout was put on the 10-day injured list on May 18 with right calf strain and could be out until after the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Ohtani has generated significant buzz this season for both his hitting and pitching prowess, and has become the default favorite in MLB betting in this wide-open MVP race. Oddsmakers have moved him from +850 to +115 to win the 2021 AL MVP in just four weeks.
Ohtani fashioned a .944 OPS in his first 195 plate appearances with 17 HR and 38 RBI as a DH (plus one appearance in left field). Meanwhile, he did not lose a game in his first six starts as pitcher. In 30.1 innings, he fanned 45 batters while walking 22, with a respectable 3.81 ERA. His duality remains impressive. If no one else in the American League delivers a standout season and Ohtani maintains his current two-way pace, he will win the MVP award.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (+450, BetMGM)
The elder Vladimir Guerrero won the American League MVP Award for Anaheim in 2004. An MVP win for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., would mark the first time a father and son have captured the honor in either league.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., got off to a strong start in 2021, and he continues to crush the ball. Depending on the success of the Blue Jays in the top-heavy A.L. East, the Toronto first baseman could win the MVP race if he maintains this early pace. Guerrero Jr.’s 16 HRs and 1.104 OPS led the majors after his first 49 games. Clutch bombs down the stretch might help, given the continued exile of the Blue Jays in Buffalo. His price with the top sportsbooks moved from +1100 to +450 in May, and will only get smaller as the season progresses.
Mike Trout, Angels (+1400, BetMGM)
The strong early-season MVP favorite, Trout will miss at least six weeks due to his calf injury. It's unlikely he will have the chance to get back into the MVP race, and his odds with the sports betting sites reflect that. He would have to put up numbers to match those of Guerrero and/or out-dazzle what his two-way teammate Ohtani might accomplish. The Angels are languishing again in the AL West. Their absence from the playoff hunt could eliminate any urgency Trout might have to rush his return from injury.
An 0-for-17 slump in mid-May took some of the pop out of Trout’s early-season numbers, which were monstrous. After his first 109 plate appearances, he led the majors with a .398 batting average and whopping 1.275 OPS. But Trout hasn’t played more than 140 games since 2016. He won’t do it in 2021, either.
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JD Martinez, Red Sox (+1400, BetMGM)
The Red Sox remain among the big-upside surprises in 2021, and have sat at or near the top of the AL East all season. Martinez continues to deliver for Boston with 12 HR and 37 RBI, while slashing .391/.393/.571 after 48 games as mostly a DH.
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The 2020 season was lousy for both Martinez and the Red Sox. Both have seemingly erased the bad memories of that 60-game car wreck. Martinez has plenty of protection in Boston’s lineup. He could be a value play here with MLB odds of +1400 to win the MVP award, but only if the Red Sox stay hot, and one or both parts of Ohtani’s game falters.
AL MVP FAQs
Who Won the AL MVP in 2020?
White Sox 1B Jose Abreu, 33, won his first AL MVP, leading the league in hits, RBIs and slugging, while batting .317. It was the first time since 2014, when he was AL Rookie of the Year, that Abreu had finished in the top 10 in MVP voting.
Who Has Won The Most MVP Awards?
Six players have won three AL MVP Awards: Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Trout. Only one player has won more than three in either league. Barry Bonds won seven NL MVPs.
Who Is The AL MVP Favorite?
Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani is the betting favorite to win the AL MVP. If Ohtani does win, he will be the first full-or-part-time pitcher to win the honor since Justin Verlander did it for the Tigers in 2011.
Who Votes For AL MVP?
Thirty members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one representing each team, vote for their top 10 in each league.
When Is the AL MVP Award Announced?
The AL MVP is awarded roughly two weeks after the World Series ends.