Odds Are: Arenado No. 3 for NL MVP, No. 6 for MLB Home Run Title
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is getting national attention among the game’s elite. Arenado has the third best odds among players for the 2018 NL MVP and also has the sixth best odds for leading the major leagues in home runs this season, according to www.Bovada.lv.
Bryce Harper of the Nationals is the favorite for the NL MVP at 3-to-1 odds followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs at 4-to-1 and Arenado at 5-to-1. Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has the ninth best odds among AL players at 25-to-1.
Harper was a unanimous selection as the NL MVP in 2015, but has received votes only two other times, finishing fifth in 2017 and 30th in 2012.
Arenado finished third in the voting last year when Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins won the NL MVP. Stanton won’t have a chance to defend the finish in light of his off-season trade to the Yankees. Stanton is tied for third for lowest odds to win the AL MVP This year at 12-to-1 with Francisco Lindor of the Indians and Carlos Correa of the Astros.
Arenado finished fifth in the NL MVP voting in 2016 and eighth in 2015. Blackmon finished fifth in the voting in 2017 and 26th in 2016.
Defending AL MVP Jose Altuve of the Astros is No. 2 with 6-to-1 odds, trailing Mike Trout of the Angels at 9-to-4. Trout finished fourth in the voting last year, despite being limited to 114 games by injuries. It was the lowest finish of his five full big-league season.
Trout was the AL MVP in 2014 and 2016, and finished second three times.
Stanton is, however, the hit the most home runs in the major leagues. Arenado is sixth in the odds, and Blackmon is tied for 32nd.
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray was tied for 13th with Aaron Nola of the Phillies at 40-to-1 for the NL Cy Young award.
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who won the award in 2011, 2013 and 2014, is a 7-to-4 favorite in 2018. He finished second a year ago behind Max Scherzer of the Nationals. Chris Sale is a 9-to-4 favorite to win the award in 2018, ahead of Corey Kluber of the Indians, who won the AL Award a year ago.