Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:54 PM
2020 National League MVP Betting Odds
Mookie Gets Most Betts for NL 2020 MVP Odds
The arrival of Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers has served to add to the already hefty price tag for anything connected to this most public of MLB franchises. The Dodgers have won seven consecutive NL West Division titles and have played in two of the last three World Series.
LA won 104 games in 2017 and 106 in 2019. They were already heavy co-favorites with the New York Yankees to win the 2020 Fall Classic before Betts arrived via a trade with Boston, which only adds to the hysteria. In fact, he quickly emerged as the favorite to win the 2020 NL MVP Award. However better values are likely to be found elsewhere.
2020 National League Most Valuable Player Betting Odds at DraftKings:
Mookie Betts +350
Ronald Acuna Jr +400
Christian Yelich +700
Cody Bellinger +900
Juan Soto +1000
Fernando Tatis Jr +1000
Nolan Arenado +1400
Bryce Harper +1400
Javy Baez +2500
2020 National League Most Valuable Player Odds Overview
Mookie Betts could certainly win the 2020 NL MVP Award but he is overpriced. There has long been plenty of Dodgers public wagering money in Vegas that often drives LA’s value into the ground. Meanwhile Ronald Acuna Jr. has emerged as one of the National League’s rising superstars with considerable upside and Christian Yelich is fresh on everyone’s mind as 2018 NL MVP. So too is last year’s winner Cody Bellinger, also of the Dodgers. Bryce Harper has seen quite a drop after serving as the public sugar rush bet for this award one year ago.
First, it must be remembered that Betts won the 2018 American League MVP award with the Boston Red Sox and is a legitimate, though very expensive, favorite. Also factoring into the equation is that last year Betts had a significant drop in production from 2018, which was far and away a career season for him. Add in a new league and division of pitchers for Betts to learn, and a repeat of 2018 is doubtful.
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. is a player to watch. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year and 2019 All-Star could bring more growth in 2020. Last year he compiled 127 runs, 41 home runs, 101 runs batted in, a .532 slugging percentage with an OPS of .883. The Braves are favored to again win the NL East and he will likely be in the hunt all season.
Part of being an MVP is the effect a player has on his team. And it’s hard to conceive of a more valuable asset than Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. Yelich is coming off back-to-back All-Star seasons and hit a career high 44 home runs despite missing 32 games in 2019.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Bargain hunters looking for a sleeper may consider Tatis. The 22-year-old immediately garnered attention with the San Diego Padres as he scored 61 runs with 22 home runs and 53 runs batted in while playing in just 84 games as a rookie shortstop. This is an obvious bet the come play on an unproven but prosing player that plays for a perpetual losing franchise.
Albert Pujols was the last man to repeat as NL MVP in 2009 so Bellinger is already facing long odds. He is also carrying the high price tag of being 2019 NL MVP and playing for the Dodgers. Last year Bellinger exploded for far and away his best year. Regression is a reasonable possibility.
In just his first full season as a regular for the Washington Nationals Soto rode the wave to the Nats surprise World Series championship with very good, but hardly MVP type numbers.
Arenado is another sleeper with five consecutive years as a National League All-Star and seven straight Gold Gloves. Further, Arenado is coming off a stellar season of 102 runs, 31 doubles, 41 home runs, 118 runs batted in, .315 average, .583 slugging percentage and .962 OPS. Counter to that is the fact of playing third base for a dreadful team, which hurts the MVP cause.
On the positive Harper is a classic beaten favorite that fell far short of expectations last year. However, the Phillies are not a top pick for a playoff spot and Harper is coming off an inconsistent 2019 campaign.
2020 National League Most Valuable Player Selection Summary
Ronald Acuna Jr. combines fantastic numbers, likely upside, and a quality team that is a pennant contender.