Coming out of the MLB All-Star game there's one clear favourite to win AL MVP.
The latest: Shohei Ohtani's two-way dominance puts him in the driver's seat to win his second MVP award. Meanwhile, Bo Bichette leads the league in hits and Luis Robert's recent play has put bettors on notice.
AL MVP odds
Check out the latest odds to win the AL MVP. Click linked odds to add selection to betslip.
|Player||Odds (July 15)||Odds (June 28)||Odds (pre-season)|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||+6,500||+7,500||+1,400|
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The favourite: Shohei Ohtani (-1,250)
Although Judge was able to unseat Ohtani in 2022 with a historic offensive performance, all things being equal, the Japanese superstar is the most impactful player in baseball.
The word "unicorn" gets overused when talking about athletes, but it applies to a guy who can strike out 10 batters and hit two home runs in the same game. Performances like that lead to Baseball Savant hitting percentiles that look like this...
... and pitching percentiles look like this:
Once again, Ohtani is well above the curve in both facets of his game so far this season.
As a hitter, Ohtani has a 180 OPS+ to go with a 99th-percentile xSLG (.641). As a pitcher, his 126 ERA+ puts him in elite company — as does his 11.9 K/9.
Injuries might actually be the only potential barrier for Ohtani, as there's simply no one else who can do what he does.
Other AL MVP choices
Best value: Bo Bichette (+4,000)
The Toronto Blue Jays are playing hot and cold baseball, but Bichette is still producing at an all-star level through 91 games.
The shortstop is leading the AL in hits (124) and has the second-best batting average (.318) as a result. It's not like he's skimping on power, either. Bichette has 15 home runs to pair with 22 doubles, and his .841 OPS ranks 27th in baseball.
He probably won't win but if the Jays can go on a run and Bichette is the catalyst, he'll likely get some nods for second place.
Player to watch: Luis Robert (+4,500)
Robert wasn't on the list the last time we checked in on the AL MVP odds leaderboard, but he's rocketing up the rankings thanks to some impressive play as of late.
Over the last month of the season (Jun. 14 - Jul. 14), the young centerfielder is slashing .289/.352/.680 with five doubles and 11 home runs. He's now batting .269 on the year with 26 home runs, tying for third across the majors in the latter.
On top of all that, he's starting to use his legs more on the base paths. He has four steals over the last 30 days, bringing his season-long total up to eight.
More homers and more stolen bases are the expectation for a player like Robert, who possesses a 94th-percentile xSLG and 82nd-percentile sprint speed.