MLB MVP Odds

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Maryland online sportsbooks offer MLB odds on both the AL MVP winner and NL MVP winner all year long. Odds are released even before the season starts and, although they’ll change as the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders during the season, you lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place a bet.

The best player or two on the best teams in baseball are usually the finalists for the annual American League and National League Most Valuable Player Awards every MLB season. These are basically the Cy Young Awards for hitters and fielders. However, 22 pitchers have actually won MVP since the Baseball Writers’ Association of America started deciding the awards back in 1931.

Here’s your roadmap to betting the MVP online in Maryland, including the best available odds directly from Maryland online sportsbooks.

Live MLB MVP odds

Below find the current odds for AL MVP and NL MVP at top Maryland online sportsbooks. These are current odds as the season progresses. Click on any odds to head over to the online sportsbook, access your new player sports bonus and start getting your MVP bets in.

AL MVP odds

NL MVP odds

Orioles and Nationals MVP candidates

Juan Soto may be the Washington Nationals’ best hope for NL MVP this season. In 2020, Soto won the NL batting title, a Silver Slugger award, and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. Early on in the 2021 campaign, odds on Soto winning NL MVP sat around +2500.

The Nationals’ Trea Turner also finished seventh in NL MVP voting in 2020 and led the MLB in hits. His early power numbers in 2021 suggest he’s ready to compete for the award this season.

No Baltimore Orioles player received an AL MVP vote in 2020, marking the third straight season without one. The last Oriole to garner any AL MVP votes was Jonathan Schoop in 2017, but he ultimately finished 12th in the voting. It has been 30 years since Cal Ripken Jr. won AL MVP in 1991, the last Orioles player to win it.

The 2021 Orioles are the worst team in the AL and don’t have any MVP candidates, although Cedric Mullins is making a good case he could be one in the near future. Check the odds boards above to see the current odds for each player at major Maryland online sportsbooks, such as DK Maryland, FD Maryland, and BetMGM MD sportsbook.

How MLB MVP bets work

Betting in the AL and NL MVP markets is the same as with most futures betting markets. You pick a player you think will win the award and you can put a bet down anytime you like, from the offseason until awards time.

Odds are first set in the offseason, but they change as the real contenders separate themselves throughout the year. Performance, roster moves, injuries, and other factors may also impact the odds. However, you lock in the currently posted odds on your bet when you place it. That means, no matter how much the betting lines and odds might change, you’ll get paid at the posted odds when you submitted your ticket.

Of course, all bets are off if the season gets canceled and no AL or NL MVP awards are handed out. Plus, several online sportsbooks have been known to be generous, returning bets when a catastrophic injury ruins a favorite’s chances at an MVP.

MLB MVP betting trends

Looking for an edge in AL and NL MVP voting? You can start by looking at who has won and who hasn’t in the past.

  1. No designated hitter has ever won the AL MVP award. Don Baylor did win the award in 1979, playing 65 games as a designated hitter. However, he also started 97 games in the outfield that year. Since then, Paul Molitor (1993) Frank Thomas (2000), David Ortiz (2005), and Victor Martinez (2014) have each finished second in AL MVP voting. But no outright DH wins.
  2. Like we mentioned earlier, pitchers have won 22 total MVPs. But the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has handed out 160 of these awards since 1931, which means pitchers have won less than 14% of them. That also means you can bet confidently on a position player winning MVP in either league, knowing each league’s best pitcher will probably just win the AL or NL the Cy Young Award.

The exception is a pitcher putting up a historically great season. Think Justin Verlander in 2011, who led the AL in wins (24), strikeouts (250), and ERA (2.40). Or Clayton Kershaw in 2014, who led the NL in wins (21) wins ERA (1.77).

Of course, deciding which position to bet on is difficult. In 2020, two first basemen, José Abreu in the AL and Freddie Freeman in the NL, were the winners. In fact, more first basemen have won more than any other position. Since it may help, here’s a look at MVP wins by position:

Player PositionMVP Wins
First36
Right Field28
Left Field24
Center Field20
Third19
Catcher18
Second16
Shortstop16

Recent MLB MVP winners

AL MVP winners

YearPlayerTeamPosition
2020José AbreuChicago White Sox1B
2019Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsOF
2018Mookie BettsBoston Red SoxOF
2017José AltuveHouston Astros2B
2016Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsOF
2015Josh DonaldsonToronto Blue Jays3B
2014Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsOF
2013Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3B
2012Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3B
2011Justin VerlanderDetroit TigersRHP

NL MVP winners

YearPlayerTeamPosition
2020Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves1B
2019Cody BellingerLos Angeles DodgersOF
2018Christian YelichMilwaukee BrewersOF
2017Giancarlo StantonMiami MarlinsOF
2016Kris BryantChicago Cubs3B/OF
2015Bryce HarperWashington NationalsOF
2014Clayton KershawLoa Angeles DodgersLHP
2013Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh PiratesOF
2012Buster PoseySan Francisco GiantsC
2011Ryan BraunMilwaukee BrewersOF

MLB MVPs from Maryland

Like we mentioned earlier, the last time a Baltimore Oriole was named MVP was when Cal Ripken, Jr. did it for the second time in his career in 1991. His first was in 1983. Of course, Bryce Harper won NL MVP as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2015. That marked the first and only time a Nationals player has ever been named MVP.

When it comes to baseball players born in Maryland, the legendary Babe Ruth, from Baltimore, tops the list. He won AL MVP in 1923 and is considered among the greatest sluggers of all time. Of course, two-time AL MVP and Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. is also from Maryland, Havre de Grace to be exact. Plus, three-time AL MVP Jimmie Foxx (1932, 1933, 1938) is from Sudlersville, Maryland.

Other MLB futures odds

AL and NL MVP aren’t the only MLB futures odds you can bet. Others include:

MLB MVP FAQ

Who votes for MLB MVP?

One member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America from each city with an MLB team votes on the MVP awards in both leagues. Ballots are cast using a weighted score system. Each voting member ranks the top 10 players in each league, with a corresponding point total. The player from each league with the most points wins.

Which player/team has won the most MLB MVP awards?

New York Yankees players have won the most. They’ve got 22 AL MVPs. However, St. Louis Cardinals players have won the most NL MVPs at 20. Barry Bonds has won more MVPs than any other player. He won seven NL MVP awards. However, Bonds has been accused of having used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, and the same Baseball Writers’ Association of America that named him MVP seven times has kept him out of the Hall Of Fame thus far.

What are the most controversial MLB MVP picks of recent years?

It has been some time since there was any real controversy in MLB MVP voting. Back in 2006, Minnesota Twins player Justin Morneau won AL MVP, even though Yankee Derek Jeter had a higher batting average and on-base percentage and Boston’s David Ortiz had more home runs and RBIs.

Who has had the best/worst MVP years?

Barry Bonds was dominant in winning the 2001 NL MVP. He hit 73 home runs and notched 137 RBI for the San Francisco Giants that year. In 1992, Dennis Eckersley won the AL Cy Young and MVP, dominating the league out of the bullpen with 51 saves and a 1.91 ERA. The thing is, he pitched only 80 innings that season, while Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett put up MVP-like numbers batting .329 and posting 110 RBIs over 160 games. Considering how little he played, comparatively, Eckersley’s year was one of the worst ever for an MVP.