American League Favorites
Mookie Betts put his stamp being one of the best players in baseball (some might argue he is THE greatest ) 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 go back to back because Roger Maris in 1960 and 1961.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is next on the list at +700 chances. Like Betts this past year, Judge will likely confront the argument that he’s not the only MVP-caliber player in an insanely powerful Yankees lineup. Obviously, in addition, it remains to be seen when Judge can remain healthy for the complete season. This past year the 26-year-old from California played 112 matches. Judge is a career .273 hitter who’s hitting a home run every 12.5 at-bats. My biggest problem with Judge is that he strikes every 2.5 at-bats.
Alex Bregman is on the list at +900. Bregman was as good as anybody in MLB from June through the end of the year this past 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 to MVP talks by September.
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