Odds to Win NL MVP Favor Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich
By Max Staley
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While Mike Trout has jumped out to a commanding lead in the AL MVP race, the NL MVP is shaping up to be a tremendous battle between two of baseball's biggest stars, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich.
Bellinger is currently favored to win the award (+150), though Yelich isn't far behind (+230), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Both players have been red hot this season, as Bellinger is hitting .383 with 19 HRs and 49 RBI, while Yelich is batting .322 with 44 RBI and an MLB-best 21 HRs.
Team record doesn't factor into baseball's awards nearly as much as it does in the NFL or NBA, but it should be noted that the Dodgers are 36-18, which could help Bellinger's case.
There's a pretty steep drop after Bellinger and Yelich, with Javier Baez and Nolan Arenado tied for the third-best odds to win the award at +650. After a relatively slow start to the season, Arenado has exploded in the month of May. Arenado is hitting .419 with nine HRs and 25 RBI through 93 at-bats thus far in May.
Meanwhile, Baez has proven to be one of the best power-hitting shortstops in the MLB, having bashed 13 home runs this season.
It's also interesting to see Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, arguably the two biggest free-agent acquisitions this offseason, tied for the eigth-best odds (+3500).
While Bellinger and Yelich have jumped out to an early lead, there's still a ton of baseball yet to be played, so this race likely won't be decided for quite some time.
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