Last Updated Mar 01, 2022, 8:42 AM

2022 NL MVP Opening Odds, Contenders

Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. are co-favorites to be named NL MVP. Neither Soto nor Tatis have been named MVP yet in their promising young careers, but both players have been close. Soto finished fifth in the NL MVP voting in 2020 and was runner-up to Bryce Harper last year, while Tatis has finished in the top four in the MVP voting the last two seasons.

2022 NL MVP Betting Odds

  • Juan Soto +350
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. +350
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. +900
  • Bryce Harper +1000
  • Mookie Betts +1000
  • Trea Turner +1500
  • All Other Players +3000 or More

Odds Provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change

You can make a strong case that Juan Soto was robbed of the NL MVP Award in 2020. Soto led the majors in OBP, slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+ that season. He got on base more often than any other player last year, and he has the power to dazzle fans and media members alike. The only real factor going against him is that Washington is in the middle of a complete rebuild.

Fernando Tatis Jr. led the NL with 42 homers last season, as he finished with an OPS over .935 for the third straight year. Tatis will eventually win an MVP provided he stays relatively healthy, and San Diego is primed for a bounce-back season after a second-half collapse in 2021. He has protection in this lineup, so that should allow him to post solid traditional stats.

We saw Ronald Acuna Jr. succumb to a torn ACL in July, knocking him out of the rest of the season. Atlanta rallied to win the World Series, and now the Braves will have their best player back as they look to repeat as champions. Acuna certainly has the potential to bounce back and be named NL MVP, but these odds are a little short considering speed is such an important part of his game.

Trea Turner has the best value on the board of any NL MVP candidate. Turner led the league in batting average last season, and he will get a lot of opportunities to shine with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is in the prime of his career, and his base stealing ability will garner more and more attention as fewer teams look to take chances on the basepaths.

A real longshot that’s worth a few bucks is Jake Cronenworth. It took Cronenworth years to break into the majors, but he has been impressive in his two years in The Show. Cronenworth has posted an .800 OPS with an OPS+ over 120 in each of the last two seasons, so he is a worthy flyer at 60-1.

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