The MLB All-Star break is the perfect time for prop bettors to weigh the last three and a half months and search for value in the American and National League MVP odds.
We take a look at the favorites and some live long shots to earn each league’s top individual honor.
American League MVP
Favorite: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (+150)
Cabrera is ahead of his Triple Crown pace from 2012, hitting .365 with 30 HRs and 95 RBIs at the break. The Tigers are fighting off the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central and more of the same from “Miggy” would mean another trip to the postseason and likely another MVP honor.
Long shot: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays (+1,000)
Longoria struggled through foot pain for most of the first half of 2013 and was snubbed by the All-Star Game, despite being one of the best two-way players in the majors. Tampa Bay was the hottest team entering the break and if Longoria can spark the Rays’ run to the top of the AL East, there’s a good chance he could win over MVP voters.
National League MVP
Favorite: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (+250)
The Cardinals catcher has been the heart and soul of the club for a while now and is putting together a solid 2013 campaign, leading the NL with a .341 BA. For everything he’s done at the plate this year, Molina’s biggest strength is behind the plate, handling a staff ranked third in ERA (3.40).
Long shot: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants (+450)
Depending on where you bet, the Giants’ downfall has juiced Posey’s odds to win MVP with some markets offering the catcher as high as +1,200. The NL West is about as predictable as a “Sharknado”, so if the defending World Series champs can repeat their run of 2012 – 48-28 after the break – Posey’s price is right.
Odds to win AL MVP
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) +140
Chris Davis (Orioles) +300
David Ortiz (Red Sox) +800
Evan Longoria (Rays) +1000
Josh Donaldson (Athletics) +1200
Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) +1200
Adrian Beltre (Rangers) +1200
Mike Trout (Angels) +1500
James Loney (Rays) +2000
Joe Mauer (Twins) +2000
Odds to win NL MVP
Yadier Molina (Cardinals) +250
Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks) +300
Joey Votto (Reds) +350
Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) +450
Buster Posey (Giants) +450
Michael Cuddyer (Rockies) +1200
Allen Craig (Cardinals) +1200
Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) +1200
Carlos Gomez (Brewers) +1500
Odds courtesy of CarbonSports.ag.