MVP, Cy Young Betting Odds
November 10, 2017
Kluber, Kershaw, Altuve, Stanton favored on MLB awards odds
The 2017 MLB season might be in the books, but there is still a bit of business to tend to in the form of postseason awards. Though most of the honors have been given out, MLB has only announced the finalists for the Cy Young and MVP winners in both leagues.
BookMaker.eu has posted odds to win each of the four major awards.
2017 American League Cy Young Award Winner
Corey Kluber -1000
Chris Sale +500
Luis Severino +3000
Most seasons, Sale would have been a slam dunk to win the AL Cy Young. The lefty struck out 308 men in his first season in Boston, becoming the first American Leaguer since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to reach 30 strikeouts.
However, Kluber was bananas this year, going 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA. Kluber had five complete games and three shutouts. His K/BB ratio of 7.36 and K/9 of 11.71 are numbers that you just simply don't see anymore, especially in the American League.
Kluber is a -1000 favorite to win the AL Cy Young, and it's a foregone conclusion that he'll take the honor.
2017 National League Cy Young Award Winner
Clayton Kershaw -350
Max Scherzer +170
Stephen Strasburg +3700
Kershaw only started 27 games this year, but he was predictably dominant as always. Though Kershaw only went the distance in one start in 2017, he still went 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA.
Scherzer is a +170 second choice behind Kershaw, and he'll have a good claim to the NL Cy Young as well after striking out a league-high 268 men this year. Still, Scherzer's 16-6 record isn't quite what Kershaw's record is.
Strasburg gives the Nats two finalists for the NL Cy Young Award, and at 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA, he's certainly a capable upset choice.
Still, Kershaw at -350 is the obvious selection.
2017 American League MVP Award Winner
Jose Altuve -1000
Aaron Judge +500
Jose Ramirez +3000
Altuve had one heck of a year this season. He guided the Astros to their first-ever World Series title, and now, he's almost certainly going to win the AL MVP Award, too.
With apologies to Judge and all of the home runs he hit in his rookie season and to Ramirez and his outstanding hitting this year for the Tribe, this award has to go to Altuve.
"Mighty Mouse" batted .346 this year with an OPS of .957. He had over 200 hits, 24 of which were home runs. Not only did he score 112 runs, but he drove in 81 as well. Toss in 32 stolen bases and excellent defense on a team that won 101 games, and it's almost a wonder why Altuve is only -1000 to win the AL's top honor.
2017 National League MVP Award Winner
Giancarlo Stanton +100
Paul Goldschmidt +185
Joey Votto +300
The National League is far less cut and dry. If you go down the list of all of the great teams in the NL this year, there weren't any tremendously obvious choices for MVP. Goldschmidt was good this year for an Arizona team that was one of the Wild Cards, but he's had better years than this one in the past. Blasting 36 home runs is nothing all that special, nor is a .297 batting average.
Both Stanton and Votto played on teams that didn't even win 80 games this year, yet these men clearly had the best stats in the NL this season. Votto batted .320 with 36 home runs, and he reached base a whopping 313 times in a season that was otherwise awful for the Reds.
But Stanton is the even money favorite to claim the honor on a Miami team that would have been a disaster without him. He hit 59 home runs and drove in 132 while scoring 123 runs. That type of production wasn't had anywhere else in baseball, and his .631 slugging percentage was the highest in baseball since Bryce Harper posted a .649 slugging percentage in 2015.
Odds Courtesy of BookMaker.eu
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