Don’t look now but a pitcher is the betting odds favorite to win the NL MVP in Major League Baseball this season. That’s right, former NL MVP Clayton Kershaw is having such a phenomenal season that he’s the favorite a bit over a month before the All-Star Game. Kershaw is at +300 to take home the MVP hardware in 2016.
Keep reading to find out who you should bet on to win the MLB National League MVP honors this season. Click here if you want to see the AL MVP Odds.
A Closer Look At The MLB National League MVP Odds & My Expert Pick
The Favorite To Win The 2016 National League MVP: Clayton Kershaw +300
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher has been unreal in 2016. Clayton Kershaw won the NL MVP in 2014. That year, Kershaw went a brilliant 21 and 3 with a 1.77 ERA. He pitched 6 complete games. 2 of the complete games were shutouts. He allowed only 139 hits, 9 of which were home runs, while striking out 239. If this season so far is any indication, Kershaw might end up with better numbers in 2016 than he had in 2014. As of June 1, Clayton has a 7 and 1 record with a 1.56 ERA. He has already pitched 3 complete games. All 3 of his complete games were shutouts. He has struck out 105 batters while allowing only 51 hits, 4 of the hits have been for home runs. Kershaw has walked 5 batters in over 85 innings pitched. If Kershaw keeps it up, it will be hard for anyone to beat him for the NL MVP.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2016 National League MVP: Daniel Murphy +325
The Washington Nationals laid out a lot of dough to get second baseman Daniel Murphy to turn his back on the New York Mets and go to D.C. So far, it’s worked out brilliantly for both Murphy and the Nationals. Because Murphy bats ahead of 2014 NL MVP Bryce Harper, when Harper is healthy, Murphy has benefited by getting great pitches to hit. Every team on the planet would rather pitch to Murphy than pitch to Harper. Murphy has taken advantage with a .394 batting average. He’s also hit 9 home runs. Murphy has batted in 34 runs while scoring 31. He could give Kershaw a run for his money if he continues to hit in the .390s.
The Longshot Bet To Win The 2016 National League MVP: Starling Marte +1200
It’s tough to back Marte, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder, because the Pirates are 7.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central Division. This season, the NL is loaded with decent teams. Pittsburgh may not even make the playoffs. But if you believe that the Pirates will make a run, Marte might be your guy to win the NL MVP. He already has 17 stolen bases as of June 1. That’s phenomenal. The fact that he’s hitting .318 and has an OBP of .360 should give his backers confidence. He’s the best longshot bet on the board to win the NL MVP.
2016 National League MVP Betting Odds
- Clayton Kershaw +300
- Daniel Murphy +325
- Bryce Harper +500
- Nolan Arenado +900
- Yoenis Cespedes +900
- Ben Zobrist +900
- Kris Bryant +900
- Starling Marte +1400
- Anthony Rizzo +3300
- Gregory Polanco +3300