Odds to win the AL MVP: Judge is the dominant favourite
Aaron Judge is well ahead of the pack of MVP favourites. Photo by Adam Hunger/AP.

American League teams are into the final stretch of the season, which makes this a good juncture to check on the AL's top MVP candidates.

The latest: Aaron Judge leads the pack — as he has for most of the season — and he's distanced the competition. Judge is the top dog, and the odds reflect that, but there are some extreme longshots that might just pull a huge upset.

Here are the latest AL MVP odds.

AL MVP odds

Check out the latest odds to win the AL MVP. Click linked odds to add selection to betslip.

PlayerOddsOdds on September 6
Aaron Judge-2,000-1,000
Shohei Ohtani+700+650
Jose Ramirez+15,000+12,500
Yordan Alvarez+25,000+25,000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.+25,000+25,000
Rafael Devers+50,000+30,000
Jose Altuve+50,000+50,000
Kyle Tucker+50,000+50,000
Xander Bogaerts+50,000+50,000
Luis Robert+50,000+50,000

Odds as of 5:58 p.m. on 09/14/2022.

Best AL MVP odds

The favourite: Aaron Judge (-2,000)

Judge is the ultimate Occam's razor candidate. He's by far the best player on the AL's best team, and he's hitting way more home runs that anyone else.

If the outfielder can beat Roger Maris' 'clean record' of 61 home runs, he'll be a lock to win this award — and he's on pace to make it happen.

Judge came out of the All-Star Break extremely hot and he's now produced 24 home runs in the season's second half, and if that's an indication of what we can expect down the stretch, he should sew this race up.

Ohtani still has the greatest ability to put his stamp on games with his two-way prowess, but the momentum belongs to the Yankees slugger right now.

Other AL MVP choices

Best value: Jose Ramirez (+15,000)

Ramirez has been in the top-three in MVP voting three times in the last five seasons, and he's a dark horse to get over the hump.

The Cleveland Guardians' third baseman provides more all-around value than many of the competitors for this award as he's outstanding at the plate, on the bases and in the field. That gives him the potential to snatch the WAR crown, but he's also producing the kind of gaudy RBI numbers that should impress the less analytically inclined voters.

Jose Ramirez is a difference maker in every facet of the game. Photo by Ron Schwane/AP.

Ramirez may also have the benefit of an appealing narrative on his side.

If the Guardians hold onto their AL Central lead, he'll rightly be seen as the most important figure in making that happen. The 29-year-old is the best player on his club by a country mile and will encapsulate the "most valuable to his team" ethos if things fall Cleveland can finish strong.

Player to watch: Yordan Alvarez (+25,000)

It's almost impossible to beat Judge with overall value, but dramatic offensive dominance might just do the trick.

Alvarez has been the AL's second-best hitter this season with a .295/.403/.598 line — good for a 180 wRC+.

One-size-fits-all offensive stats may not capture the imagination like a more basic number, but Alvarez is having an incredibly strong year at the plate. If he can step it up, then he'll have some backers when it's time to hand out the hardware.

Alvarez would be better served if he were in the midst of a season whose greatness was more accessible — like a campaign where he was engaging in a home run chase — but an increasingly sabermetrically savvy BBWAA electorate could give him some love.

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