The 2022 MLB season is less than a week away and one team facing a lot of pressure is the Chicago White Sox. It's been 17 years since the White Sox won the World Series and although they've been to the playoffs three times since then, their championship victory was the last postseason series they've won.
One way that the White Sox can have an extended playoff run is if their best players take a step forward during the regular season. That's why Chicago fans will love that ESPN's Jeff Passan is projecting one of the club's stars to be an American League MVP dark horse in 2022.
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Passan is listing centerfielder Luis Robert as a potential AL MVP dark horse this season. Considering how it's just the 25-year-old's third MLB season, there's a lot for White Sox fans to be excited about.
A right hip flexor tear forced Robert to sit on the sidelines from May to August, holding him to just 275 at-bats in 68 games with the White Sox last season. Fortunately, he made the most of his playing time.
Robert finished the campaign with a .338/.378/.567 slash line, as well as 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. What's even more impressive is that he was on pace for 31 HRs and 102 RBIs in a 162-game season, so it isn't hard to see how he could make an MVP run.
Beyond his offense, Robert has also been valued for his defense. He won a Gold Glove during his rookie campaign with a fielding percentage (FLD%) of .994. His FLD% dropped to .976 in 2021, so getting it back to where it was two years ago will strengthen his chances of being named AL MVP.
Luis Robert AL MVP Odds
Although Passan is listing Robert as an MVP dark horse, the third-year CF is already ranking inside of the top 10 when it comes to betting odds.
FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing Robert as +2500 to be named 2022 AL MVP, putting him in a four-way tie for seventh-best odds.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.