So, which players will be the favourites to win it this year? In this piece, we take an in-depth look at the MLB MVP Betting Odds 2021 and offer up our MLB Free Picks. Last update made on April 9, 2021:
|2021 MLB AL MVP Odds|
|2021 MLB NL MVP Odds|
Other than winning the World Series title, there's arguably no honour bigger and better than taking home the MLB's annual AL and NL MVP honour. It's given to inarguably the best big-league player of the year, with past winners including the likes of Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve and so many others.
Baseball MVP Odds for the 2021 Season
Starting with the American League, the current MLB MVP odds favour the one and only Mike Trout. The Los Angeles Angels star remains without question one of the best players in the bigs and will look to have another dominant season in the AL West.
In 2019, Trout had a monster year, belting 45 home runs, with 104 RBI and a .291 batting average. The 45 homers marked a new career-high for the New Jersey native, while his 104 RBI were second only to his 111 in 2014.
Trout has taken home AL MVP honours in 2014, 2016 and 2019. Can he make it four in 2021? He has the highest odds of any player with 2.00 to win MVP.
Of course, he's not the only stud in the American League who can take home the hardware. Aaron Judge, Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman and Gleyber Torres will certainly be guys to watch moving forward and have high odds on multiple different MLB Betting Sites. With Judge, the big question for him throughout 2020 will be if he'll be able to stay healthy.
Last year, the slugger battled through the shoulder and oblique injuries for the Yankees. Early on in 2020, pectoral discomfort caused him problems. While he's got incredible strength, he'll need to stay fresh and play a large portion of the campaign if he wants to have a shot at winning AL MVP.
Meanwhile, in the NL, it's looking like the MVP battle will come down to Mookie Betts, Ronald Acuna Jr., Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger. Betts is in his first year in the National League after he was traded by the Red Sox to the Dodgers in the blockbuster move of the offseason. He's got the best odds at 4.50.
Acuna Jr. has been brilliant early on in his career for Atlanta, while both Bellinger and Yelich have taken home the MVP award previously in their careers. The NL truly feels like it's wide open, with the MLB regular season Odds expected to change consistently, but don't sleep on Betts.
Despite him being new to the NL after so many years with Boston, he'll a force both at the plate and in the field. His head-turning power could be what sends him over the top in this one.
MLB MVP Picks
The question begs, who will be the MLB MVP in the AL and NL?
Time and time again, Mike Trout has showcased his class and his brilliant abilities at the plate and in the outfield. That's why he's our pick to once again take home the AL MVP award, making it back-to-back for him.
While the Angels have disappointed in recent years, they went out and signed Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million deal. Another power bat in the lineup will only help Trout, and provide L.A. with the tools to capture more wins and increase their World Series Odds. This will only strengthen Trout's MVP chase, as he himself will look to crack 50 dingers for the first time.
Meanwhile, in the National League, we're sticking with the favourite and going with Mookie Betts to win Most Valuable Player. Folks in Boston remain heartbroken he was traded, while people in L.A. are thrilled. Last year, Betts hit .295, with 29 HR and 80 RBI. Only 27, he's still in the prime of his career.
Will Betts make his first year with the Dodgers his best one yet? We think so.
Do the MLB MVPs get any money?
If a player is to win the AL or NL MVP, he doesn't get money directly from Major League Baseball for capturing the award. However, each player likely has a clause in their contract that will trigger a massive amount of money if they're named MVP. Take a look at Mike Trout's for example.
The superstar is in the middle of his massive 12-year, $426.5 million deal. In his contract, it states he'll receive $500,000 if named the AL MVP. Obviously, there's an incentive in there for him to get that kind of money. Last year with the Red Sox, Mookie Betts would have received $100,000 had he won AL MVP.
When are the MLB MVPs announced?
Each year, the MLB MVPs are announced after the World Series comes to a close. With the Nationals winning the World Series in 2019 in late October, the MVPs were announced in mid-November about two weeks later. Come 2020, you can expect the MVPs to be revealed in mid-November as well.
How does MVP voting work?
When it comes time for the votes to come in for both the AL and NL MVP, all eyes will be on the voters. So, who makes the call for the annual award? That duty belongs to all the members of the 'Baseball Writers' Association of America', who also decide who will win the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. Obviously how a team performs and where they stand in the MLB Power Rankings affects how a voter might decide.
Voters typically submit their ballots for MVPs before the start of the postseason.