American League Favorites
Mookie Betts place his stamp on being one of the greatest players in baseball (some would assert that he is THE best) by winning the American League MVP award in 2018. Betts struck .346 with 32 home runs and 80 RBIs to shoot home the honors. He opens at No. 2 on the oddsboard with +550 chances to repeat. Miguel Cabrera (2012-13) and Frank Thomas (1993-94) are the only players to return to back because Roger Maris in 1960 and 1961.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is third on the record at +700 odds. Like Betts last year, Judge will probably face the argument he’s not the only MVP-caliber player in an insanely powerful Yankees lineup. Of course, in addition, it remains to be seen when Judge can stay healthy for the full season. This past year the 26-year-old in California played 112 matches. Judge is a profession .273 hitter who’s hitting a home run every 12.5 at-bats. My main difficulty with Judge is that he strikes every 2.5 at-bats.
Alex Bregman is on the record at +900. Bregman was like anyone in MLB from June through the end of the year last year. Like many of the Astros, he had a bit of a World Series hangover at the start of the season and had worked himself into MVP talks by September.
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