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  • See each contender’s odds of winning the 2020 AL and NL MVP awards
  • Track how the odds have shifted from when lines opened in February until votes are tallied in November
  • Mike Trout is on a quest to win his fourth MVP in just his ninth full season

The graphs below have been generated by averaging the odds from a number of top online sportsbooks to give you a better sense of each player’s chances of winning the 2020 AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards. Bookmark this page and visit it regularly to see how the odds for the top contenders ebb and flow throughout the season.

2020 American League MVP Odds

Top Contenders

  • June 26: The increased volatility of a 60-game season has led to perennial favorite Mike Trout dropping from +106 to +119.
  • Apr. 30: The prospect of a significantly shortened season has bettors fading Trout, who’s dropped to +106. Smaller sample sizes lead to increased variability.
  • Feb. 28: The much-despised Alex Bregman is actually rising up the board a little; his odds improved from +1500 to +1414 in the last two weeks.
  • Feb. 14: Early money seems to be on 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson, who’s improved from +6600 to +3300 as he gets set to join a mashing Twins lineup.
  • Feb. 5: Mike Trout’s opening odds are a ludicrously short +100, giving him a 50% implied probability. Trout has won three MVP awards in eight full seasons.

2020 AL MVP Odds

Player (Team)  Odds
 Mike Trout (Angels) +119
Aaron Judge (Yankees) +1100
Francisco Lindor (Indians) +1475
Gleyber Torres (Yankees) +1525
Alex Bregman (Astros) +1575
Shohei Ohtani (Angels) +1825
 Matt Chapman (Athletics) +1875
Yoan Moncada (White Sox) +2225
Anthony Rendon (Angels) +2275
Rafael Devers (Red Sox) +2425

Odds taken June 26, 2020.

 AL MVP Odds for Previous Winners

2020 National League MVP Odds

Top Contenders

  • June 25: The first update in the 60-game season era sees Betts (+468) get longer, while second and third-favorites Acuna (+550) and Yelich (+613) both got shorter.
  • Apr. 30: Four of the top-five favorites got longer (Betts, Yelich, Acuna, Bellinger) but Juan Soto soared from +1100 to +844.
  • Feb. 28: Pete Alonso has made the biggest gains in the latest update, going from +3900 to +3400.
  • Feb. 14: Betts is back to front-runner status at +425, while Acuna has fallen from +463 to +500.
  • Feb. 7: Now that more books have posted odds, Betts has fallen behind Acuna Jr, Yelich, and Bellinger.
  • Feb. 6: After being dealt from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, Mookie Betts immediately opened as the 2020 NL MVP favorite at +500.

2020 NL MVP Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Mookie Betts (Dodgers) +468
Ronald Acuna Jr (Braves) +550
Christian Yelich (Brewers) +613
Juan Soto (Nationals) +825
Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) +1025
Fernando Tatis Jr (Padres) +1150
Bryce Harper (Phillies) +1300
Nolan Arenado (Rockies) +1825
Freddie Freeman (Braves) +1900
Javy Baez (Cubs) +2075

Odds taken June 26, 2020.

NL MVP Odds for Previous Winners

Several former MVPs are not on the board yet, including Joey Votto, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, and Ryan Braun.

MLB MVP Winners by Position

AL MVP Winners by Position

Position Number of MVP Winners
Outfield 32
First Base 14
Pitcher 12
Shortstop 9
Catcher 8
Third Base 8
Second Base 5
Designated Hitter 1

It should come as no surprise, but outfielders have won the most American League MVP awards since 1931. Not only can three outfielders play at all times, but outfielders can also sneak in a little rest by DHing.

NL MVP Winners by Position

Position Number of MVP Winners
Outfield 33
First Base 15
Pitcher 10
Third Base 10
Catcher 8
Shortstop 7
Second Base 6

Just like in the American League, second baseman have won the fewest MVP awards. The only players to buck the trend are Frankie Firsch (1931), Jackie Robinson (1949), Joe Morgan (1975, 1976), Ryne Sandberg (1984), and Jeff Kent (2000).

MLB MVP Winners by Team

AL MVP Winners by Team

Team Number of MVP Winners
New York Yankees 20
Detroit Tigers 11
Oakland A’s 11
Boston Red Sox 11
Texas Rangers 6
Baltimore Orioles 5
Minnesota Twins 5
Los Angeles Angels 4
Chicago White Sox 4
Milwaukee Brewers 3
Cleveland Indians 2
Seattle Mariners 2
Toronto Blue Jays 2
Kansas City Royals 1
Houston Astros 1

New York has produced the most American League MVP winners since 1931. Yankees greats Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle both won it three times, and recently retired Yankee Alex Rodriguez won it twice during his time in Gotham.

NL MVP Winners by Team

Team Number of MVP Winners
St. Louis Cardinals 17
San Francisco Giants 13
Cincinnati Reds 12
Los Angeles Dodgers 11
Chicago Cubs 9
Philadelphia Phillies 7
Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Atlanta Braves 6
Colorado Rockies 1
San Diego Padres 1
Houston Astros 1
Miami Marlins 1
Milwaukee Brewers 2
Washington Nationals 1

St. Louis had a stranglehold on the National League MVP award during the 1930’s and 40’s thanks to legendary players like Dizzy Dean, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, and Mort Cooper. The last Cardinal to win the award was Albert Pujols, who won the honor in 2008 and 2009.


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