While most of us wager on individual games in MLB, there are also countless other things that you can bet on, even before the regular season begins. There are division winners to wager on, not to mention pennant winners, and which teams you think might be playing in the World Series. Besides those team bets, you can also get in on some individual performance wagers, such as the Cy Young winners in both leagues, home run wagers, and the AL MVP Award. With that in mind, we are going to turn our attention to the American League and the potential MVP candidates. Let’s take a closer look at the favorites and their current American League MVP odds.
MLB Regular Season Awards – AL MVP 2020
Mike Trout (+100)
There is very little argument that Mike Trout is the best player in the game right now, and he certainly has the stats and awards to prove it. Trout has been the AL MVP in 3 of the last 6 seasons, including last year when he managed to cross the 100 RBI mark while missing 28 games with injury. At 28 years of age, Trout is very much in his prime years right now, so it’s more than fair to assume that we won’t see any type of fall off this coming season. He has, though, never won the MVP in back to back seasons, so that is something to consider.
Aaron Judge (+900)
There is no denying that Judge is an absolute force of nature when he is available to play. The problem is that he has missed a lot of games through injury over the past two seasons. Even in those shortened seasons, where he played 122 and 112 games, respectively, he still managed to hit 27 HR in both seasons, while also keeping his batting average close to what he achieved in his first full season, when he hammered in 52 runs. If Judge can stay healthy, which is a big if at this point, he will definitely be in the MVP conversation.
Gleyber Torres (+1200)
All you can ask from any player, especially one that is relatively new to the league, is that they improve their stats with each passing season. That has certainly been the case with Gleyber Torres in his first two seasons as SS for the New York Yankees. Torres saw improved numbers across the board in 2019 versus his rookie season in 2019, and a similar move forward would absolutely put him in the MVP picture. Torres had 38 HR and 90 RBI last season. If he can hit over 40 and drive in over 100 this coming season, he might be a very good bet at this price.
Alex Bregman (+1400)
If you were to put me on the spot and demand that I make my pick for AL MVP right now, I would very likely choose Bregman. He has been amazing for the Houston Astros over the past couple of seasons, and I think he may even come into the year feeling as though he has something to prove after the whole sign stealing deal. He has cracked the 100 RBI mark in each of the past 2 seasons, driving in a career high 112 last year. If he tops that number, I think he gets the MVP nod.