Martinez, Betts Close Gap on Trout in AL MVP Race, Updated Betting Odds

The post All-Star break sees odds adjustments to the American League MVP race at BetOnline, as a pair of Red Sox close in on favorite Mike Trout. The Angels’ star, owning a 6.8 WAR for the season at the time of publication, sat -350 on the board just two weeks ago. Books are dangling -150 currently.

Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez and right fielder Mookie Betts have closed the gap, offered at +275 and +300 odds on Thursday. The Indians’ Jose Ramirez (+800) is the only other player presented under +2000.

The Angels (49-48) sit 14.0 games behind the Astros in the AL West, making playoff contention unlikely. A Trout victory would be just the ninth time in the Wild Card Era (since 1995) a player won without representing on a postseason team, marking the fourth year in row this has happened. Mike Stanton claimed the NL version last season with the Marlins, followed by Trout in 2016 and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper in 2015.

Below are the odds to win the 2018 American League MVP award at BetOnline as of July 19:


Player Odds (July 19)
Mike Trout (LAA) -150
J.D. Martinez (BOS) +275
Mookie Betts (BOS) +300
Jose Ramirez (CLE) +800
Jose Altuve (HOU) +2000
Francisco Lindor (CLE) +2000
Aaron Judge (NYY) +4000
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) +5000
Shohei Ohtani (LAA) +5000
George Springer (HOU) +5000