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Saturday 16th Dec 2017

As part of another project I am working on, I reviewed the current odds for the Most Valuable Player Awards as seen by the oddsmakers at bovada.lv.

In seeing some names historically connected to excellence such as Albert Pujols, still listed despite having rough seasons, I thought it would be interesting to put alongside the average draft position of the MVP odds leaders. I used the March 28 ADP results from Mock Draft Central for mixed leagues.

June March
2013 AL MVP Odds ADP
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 1/1 2
Chris Davis (BAL) 3/1 89
Mike Trout (LAA) 7/1 3
Clay Buchholz (BOS) 10/1 275
Robinson Cano (NYY) 10/1 7
Adam Jones (BAL) 15/1 21
Prince Fielder (DET) 25/1 14
Evan Longoria (TB) 25/1 32
Joe Mauer (MIN) 25/1 52
Mike Napoli (BOS) 25/1 64
Adrian Beltre (TEX) 33/1 16
Yu Darvish (TEX) 33/1 55
Albert Pujols (LAA) 33/1 6

Certainly, we already knew that Chris Davis and Clay Buchholz are exceeding most everyone’s expectations in the American League this season. Red Sox fans and Buchholz owners are holding their collective breath that the pitcher’s neck injury subsides quickly.

June March
2013 NL MVP Odds ADP
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 5/1 20
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 6/1 9
Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 6/1 18
Joey Votto (CIN) 7/1 11
Bryce Harper (WSH) 10/1 15
Jean Segura (MIL) 10/1 269
Justin Upton (ATL) 10/1 10
Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 12/1 29
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 12/1 5
Buster Posey (SF) 14/1 12
Ryan Braun (MIL) 15/1 1
Domonic Brown (PHI) 18/1 220
Carlos Gomez (MIL) 18/1 183
Yadier Molina (STL) 18/1 39
Carlos Beltran (STL) 25/1 107
Dexter Fowler (COL) 25/1 225
Carl Crawford (LAD) 33/1 181
Starling Marte (PIT) 33/1 179
Pablo Sandoval (SF) 33/1 132
Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) 33/1 81
David Wright (NYM) 33/1 26

Over in the Senior Circuit, the injury bug has become a pervasive problem. At least five of the named MVP candidates have recently encountered physical problems serious enough to be placed on the disabled list. They include Troy Tulowitzki, Bryce Harper, Ryan Braun, Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval.

In terms of major surprises compared to draft positions, Jean Segura and Domonic Brown are most prominent in the NL, with Segura’s 10/1 odds the same as Buchholz.

I also found it very interesting that not a single pitcher is among the top 21 NL MVP favorites while two are on the AL list.

My final view for this week is the players who were in the top-25 in ADP on March 28 but as of June are each worse than 33/1 odds to win their respective league MVP awards.

Top 25 ADP not listed MVP
Matt Kemp (LAD) 4
Jose Bautista (TOR) 8
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 13
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 17
Jason Heyward (ATL) 19
Justin Verlander (DET) 21
Josh Hamilton (LAA) 23
B.J. Upton (ATL) 24
Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) 25

Sure, B.J. Upton and Josh Hamilton may be the favorite whipping boys in each league, but the reality is that Matt Kemp and Joey Bats had been placed on a much loftier perch from which to fall.


Brian Walton was the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 14-year history. Though he is the only one to remember or care, he also finished second in each of the two subsequent seasons. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com and thecardinalnationblog.com. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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