Opening 2019 AL MVP Odds Feature a Few Surprises

By Kevin Nardone
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The oddsmakers at FanDuel just released their opening odds for the 2019 MLB AL MVP winner and, as expected, there are a number of big-name players favored to be in the running this season.

There are also a few surprises.

The opening favorite is 2018 runner-up Mike Trout at +200, which likely is not a surprise to many who have followed along with his illustrious career. The Angels outfielder, who just signed a 12-year extension worth $430 million to stay in Anaheim, finished in the top five in AL MVP voting in each of his first seven full seasons in the big leagues.

Right behind Trout on FanDuel Sportsbooks is the defending AL MVP, Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, at +450. Betts won a tight AL MVP race in 2018, leading the league in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640) and runs (129).

Aaron Judge, the 2017 Rookie of the Year and AL MVP runner-up that year, rounds out the top three at +750. Judge's numbers were down across the board in 2018, a year that saw him miss 50 games due to injury, but there is no reason to think the dynamic 26 year old will not have a bounce-back year.

Alex Bregman, Gary Sanchez and George Springer are all listed at +1400, completing an extremely youthful class of favorites. Sanchez, coming off his career-worst season, has to be considered a surprise as a Top-5 favorite.

The next class of favorites features two former MVP winners, Giancarlo Stanton (+1800), who won the NL MVP in 2017 with the Marlins, and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (+2000), who won the AL MVP the same year. J.D. Martinez, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, who has finished in the top three each of the last two seasons, are all tied with Altuve at +2000.

One fun dark horse that has opening odds despite the fact he will not be starting 2019 on a Major League roster is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+7000), an outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, who is the son of 2004 AL MVP winner, Vladimir Guerrero Sr.

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