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2021 AL MVP Odds Favor Trout (Again)


Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout watches a home run

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the +200 favorite to win the AL MVP
  • It’s the fourth straight year that Trout’s the AL MVP chalk in the opening line
  • He’s won the award in 2014, 2016 and 2019

Death, taxes and Mike Trout being favored to be AL MVP in the opening odds. Three of life’s givens.

Oddsmakers established Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Trout as the overwhelming +200 chalk in the 2021 AL MVP odds. Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is the second betting choice at a distant +1000.

Trout opened as the +100 favorite last year. In 2019, he was the opening line +250 chalk. And 2018 saw Trout given favorite’s odds of +125.

Reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox opened at odds of +2500.

2021 AL MVP Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Mike Trout (Angels) +200
Alex Bregman (Astros) +1000
Aaron Judge (Yankees) +1200
Jose Ramirez (Cleveland) +1200
Matt Chapman (Athletics) +1500
Anthony Rendon (Angels) +1500
Jose Abreu (White Sox) +2500
Vladimir Guerrero Jr (Blue Jays) +2500
Yoan Moncada (White Sox) +2500
Luis Robert (White Sox) +2500
Gleyber Torres (Yankees) +2500
Rafael Devers (Red Sox) +3000
Yasmani Grandal (White Sox) +3000
George Springer (Blue Jays) +3000
Tim Anderson (White Sox) +3300
Bo Bichette (Blue Jays) +3300
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) +3300
Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) +3300
Shohei Otani (Angels) +3300
Yordan Alvarez (Astros) +3300
DJ LeMahieu (Yankees) +3300
Jose Altuve (Astros) +4000
Carlos Correa (Astros) +4000
Matt Olson (Athletics) +4000
Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees) +4000
Kyle Tucker (Astros) +4000
Randy Arozarena (Rays) +5000
Josh Donaldson (Twins) +5000
Joey Gallo (Rangers) +5000
Ramon Laureano (Athletics) +5000
Kyle Lewis (Mariners) +5000
JD Martinez (Red Sox) +5000
Austin Meadows (Rays) +5000
Luis Arraez (Twins) +6000
Wander Franco (Rays) +6000
Jorge Polanco (Twins) +6000
Alex Verdugo (Red Sox) +6000
Luke Voit (Yankees) +6000
Adalberto Mondesi (Royals) +7500
Miguel Sano (Twins) +7500
Teoscar Hernandez (Astros) +8000
Franmil Reyes (Cleveland) +8000
Gary Sanchez (Yankees) +8000
Kyle Seager (Mariners) +8000
Jo Adell (Angels) +10000
Jorge Soler (Royals) +10000

Odds as of Feb. 12th at DraftKings.

Trout was named MVP of the American League in 2014, 2016, and 2019.

Prize Winning Trout

It’s a sign of exactly what a generational player that Trout is that last season was considered an off-year by his standards. All he did was produce a 281/.390/.603 slash line with 17 home runs in 53 games.

Trout can beat a team in so many ways. During his 2019 MVP campaign, he clouted 45 homers. His 2016 MVP season was highlighted by a .315 batting average and 30 stolen bases. In 2014, he drove in 111 runs.

Trout is 29, in the prime of his career. However, due to a variety of ailments, he hasn’t played more than 140 games in a season since he was 24.

Will Vladdy Make Like Daddy?

In 2004, Vladimir Guerrero put together an MVP year, carrying the Angels to the AL West flag.

Fast forward 17 years and his son Vladimir Jr is positioned for a breakout campaign with what could be the surprise team of the junior circuit.

It’s not out of the question that the Toronto Blue Jays could give the Yankees and Rays a run for AL East title.

They’ll do so if young Guerrero displays his immense potential. Word is that he’s finally taken offseason conditioning seriously and will show up for spring training a lean, mean hitting machine.

Worthy Of Consideration

If Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (+1200) could only stay healthy, he’d be an annual MVP contender. But that hasn’t been the case since his 52-homer campaign in 2017, when he finished second in MVP balloting. Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez (+1200) has finished second or third in MVP voting in three of the past four seasons.

In a combined 43 regular and postseason games in 2020, Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena (+5000) hit .333, with a .745 slugging percentage and 17 home runs.

Yankees second baseman DJ Lemahieu was league leader in batting (.364), OBP (.421), OPS (1.011) and OPS + (177) and only finished third in MVP voting.

Pick: Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Toronto Blue Jays (+2500)


Robert Duff

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