The 2015 MLB betting season has surely been entertaining thus far. Of course, it’s not been fair for all teams, with franchises like the Cardinals maintaining consistency and others like the Red Sox having a forgettable season. Similarly, individual players have had varied seasons, with some rookies rocketing, seniors soaring and injured/funky players making comebacks, and others simply having an awful season.
In Depth Analysis on the Top MLB Betting MVP Candidates for 2015
Top AL MVP Candidates for 2015
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Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Possibly the best hitter on the planet, it is hard to overlook this man, even with the calf injury that has been a bit limiting to his production. Trout has lifted the Angels out of the mires of squabbles between the manager and the general manager, offering leadership with his strong batting. He currently tops the league with 32 home runs and a .627 slugging percentage, while he is also soaring highly with a .309 batting average and an OPS of 1.025. If he can continue in his strong batting ways and the Angles continue to win, it will be hard to deny Trout the AL MVP award in 2015.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Donaldson stands as the main reason the Blue Jays lead baseball with the most runs in 2015. He currently has 26 home runs and American League-best 75 RBIs, placing him among the best in the AL in home runs, doubles and hits list. Given the competition in the division and the conference, the Donaldson and the Blue Jays still have a lot to do in order to beat the rest of the competitors for the MVP award.
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny has been on a roll this season, surging with incredible energy. He has even outdone his career All-time 14 home runs as he currently boasts of 23 homers. His batting average has also improved from .278 last season to .293 currently, plus an OPS of .882 from .755 last season, with versatile skills that place the 23-year-old among the best fielders in the baseball.
Top NL MVP Candidates for 2015
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Despite being just 23 years old, Harper has featured in 400-plus games, collecting more than 80 homers, which is way higher than most people older than him. Harper has met certainly lived up to his hype since entering the league in 2009 as a super-talented 16-year-old. With 29 home runs and 68 RBIs, already a career-high, Harper will be Trout’s biggest rival. Added to his .331 batting average, .672 slugging percentage and a stellar OPS of 1.128, no one can deny his that Harpers is having an MVP-worthy season.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Had it not been that Harper has been extraordinarily good, Paul Goldschmidt would be first in line for the MVP award. Although he is behind Harper in the NL with 22 home runs, Bryce has nothing on him in terms of RBIs, as he stands at 77. His average of .342 is also better than Harper’s, but he falls short with an OPS of 1.051. If the award doesn’t go to Harper, Goldschmidt should be the hottest NL Candidate.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Playing primarily as a catcher, this man has a great value written all over him. He has incredibly transformed into a young leader to a team that has issues with pitching. He is in a good position of winning the MVP, an accolade he collected in 2012, as some of his stats are outstanding. Although his home run tally of 15 and RBI of 70 are not on pace to break his outstanding 2012 performance, his batting average of .327 and an OPS of .888 speak of quality that could even get better as the season progresses. Though Harper is not much of a threat to the other competitors, he should be in the MVP conversation way into final weeks of the season.
Final Betting Remarks
With many players continually improving their performances, the contest for the MVP award should remain tight and interestingly competitive. At the moment, Trout and Harper seem to make it a two man race, but anything could change the MLB odds to win the MVP award, depending on how the rest of the season goes.