If you’re looking to make a few long-term MLB bets on award winners maybe you shouldn’t go with the favorite.
Who knows what will happen in a 60-game MLB season? Hopefully we will have a chance to find out.
One thing is certain, it’s going to be different. So, if you’re looking to make a few long-term bets on award winners maybe you shouldn’t go with the favorite.
Let’s take a look at the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winners in each league and some odds. We’ll throw in the manager of the year too as an added bonus.
Favorite: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee (7-1)
My Pick(s): Cory Bellinger, Los Angeles (8-1); Ronald Acuna, Atlanta (9-1)
Thoughts: Yelich is really good, but the Brewers aren’t. It’s hard to pick a MVP from a sub .500 team. So let’s pick the best player on the two best teams in the league.
Favorite: Mike Trout, Los Angels (2-1)
My Pick(s): Gleyber Torres, New York (20-1), Gerrit Cole, New York (50-1)
Thoughts: It’s hard to bet against Trout. But it’s even harder to bet a guy at 2-1, especially since he seems very concerned about his wife and baby on the way. Torres is going to have a big year for a team that is going to win a lot of games. A pitcher probably won’t win MVP, but at 50-1 Cole might be worth a buck, or two.
Favorite: Jacob deGrom, New York (7-2)
My Pick(s): Walker Buehler, Los Angeles (8-1); Stephen Strasburg, Washington (12-1); Luis Castillo, Cincinnati (18-1).
Thoughts: deGrom is not going to win it again. Buehler could. And the odds on Strasburg and Castillo are too good to overlook.
Favorite: Gerrit Cole, New York (5-2)
My Pick(s): Jose Berrios, Minnesota (20-1); Shane Bieber, Cleveland (8-1); Lucas Giolito, Chicago (18-1)
Thoughts: Cole isn’t a bad bet. But if you’re looking for better value look to the AL Central.
My Pick: David Bell, Cincinnati
Thoughts: If you can find odds on this, bet Bell. He’s going to get the Reds back in the postseason after a seven-year drought.
My Pick: Joe Maddon, Los Angeles
Thoughts: Why not go with the best in the game?