MLB awards odds: Favorites for MVP, Cy Young, rookie of the year originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Major League Baseball’s top talent has spent the last few days as teammates during Star celebrations in Los Angeles. Now they will return to competing on the field and in awards races.

Several All-Stars have emerged leading in season-ending honors with stellar play in the first half of the season. Some strove at the plate, others were stellar on the mound and a few even stepped into the spotlight as rookies.

Each team has approximately 70 games to play in the regular season. Can the rewards favorites hold their lead to the end, or will other players grab the gear?

Here’s a look at the odds for MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in both leagues ahead of the second half with odds provided by our partner, PointsBet:


  • Shohei Ohtani, AAL: -110
  • Judge Aaron, NYY: +140
  • Yordan Alvarez, HOU: +1200
  • Mike TroutLAA: +1800
  • Raphaël Devers, BOS: +2000
  • José Ramírez, KEY: +3300
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR: +5000
  • Kyle Tucker, HOU: +10,000
  • Giancarlo Stanton, NYY: +10,000
  • Byron Buxton, MIN: +10000

The AL could be in a Sho-Time sequel when it comes to MVP.

Shohei Ohtani continued his 2021 MVP season with more outstanding two-way play as a pitcher and hitter. With 19 homers and 56 RBI at the break, he will likely be below his hitting stats from last season. He was even more locked up on the mound, however, posting a 2.38 ERA in 15 starts.

Despite Ohtani’s historic output, the Angels’ a disappointing first half of the season saw their the manager gets fired as they entered the break 14 games below 0.500. Depending on the size of the AL-leader Yankees play in the second half and just how big a factor Aaron Judge is in that success, the powerhouse outfielder could leapfrog Ohtani and win league MVP honors.


  • Paul Goldschmidt, STL: +100
  • Manny Machado, SD: +550
  • Pete Alonso, NYM: +700
  • Austin Riley, ATL: +1000
  • Freddie Freeman, DAL: +1200
  • Mookie BetsCONT: +1400
  • Trea Turner, DAL: +1800
  • Nolan Arenado, STL: +2500
  • Kyle Schwarber, PHI: +2500
  • Dansby Swanson, ATL: +4000

Paul Goldschmidt went back in time in Saint-Louis.

The Cardinals first baseman leads the majors in on-base percentage (.414) and is the NL leader in batting average (.330), slugging percentage (.590), OPS (1.004) and runs scored (64). He came close to winning the NL MVP title in the past, finishing second in 2013 and 2015 and third in 2017.

Manny Machado, Pete Alonso, Austin Riley and Freddie Freeman are among the MVP possibilities chasing Goldschmidt entering the second half of the year. Freeman’s Dodgers are the only NL team to have won 60 games so far, but having two teammates with the top seven MVP chances could potentially diminish their case.

AL Cy Young Odds

  • Shane McLanahan, CT: +200
  • Justin Verlander, HOU: +250
  • Dylan Cease, CSA: +900
  • Shohei Ohtani, AAL: +900
  • Gerrit Cole, NYY: +1000
  • Kevin Gausman, TOR: +1600
  • Alek Manoah, TOR: +2000
  • Logan Gilbert, SEA: +3000
  • Shane Bieber, CLE: +3300
  • Nestor Cortes, NYY: +3300

Shane McLanahan was the AL’s top pitcher in the first half, and he was honored as such in LA

The Rays southpaw and AL All-Star starter led the majors in ERA (1.71) and WHIP (.795) in his 18 starts. He doesn’t do too badly in the strikeout department either. His 147 K is tied with Gerrit Cole for the second-most in baseball and trails only Dylan Cease’s 150.

Justin Verlander is in for his third AL Cy Young Award. The veteran Astros right-hander was the only MLB pitcher to enter the All-Star break with 12 wins under his belt.

Also at the heart of the Cy Young race is Ohtani, who could try to replicate Verlander’s 2011 season by winning Cy Young and MVP.

NL Cy Young Odds

  • Sandy Alcantara, MIA: -135
  • Corbin Burnes, MIL: +600
  • Joe Musgrove, SD: +1200
  • Max Fried, ATL: +1300
  • Tony Gonsolin, DAL: +1500
  • Zack Wheeler, PHI: +2000
  • Carlos Rodon, SF: +2000
  • Max Scherzer, NYM: +3300
  • Aaron Nola, PHI: +4000
  • Clayton Kershaw, DAL: +5000

Sandy Alcantara has been a sleeve machine and an ace for the marlins this season.

The 26-year-old right-hander has thrown 11 2/3 more innings and has a 0.9 WAR higher than any other starter in the big leagues this season. He’s also effective with his extra volume, only topping McLanahan in ERA in all of MLB at 1.76. He could have been in line for the All-Star Game starting sign, but that accolade went to Clayton Kershaw in his ballpark.

Corbin Burnes is the most likely candidate to catch Alcantara. Reigning NL recipient Cy Young leads the NL with 144 strikeouts and has a 2.14 ERA, 0.29 points lower than it was in his 2021 campaign.

AL Rookie of the Year Odds

  • Julio Rodríguez, WED: -350
  • Jeremy Pena, HOU: +700
  • Bobby Witt Jr., KC: +1000
  • Adley Rutschman, BAL: +3000
  • Joe Ryan, MIN: +3300
  • Riley Greene, DET: +4000
  • MJ Melendez, KC: +5000
  • George Kirby, AES: +6600
  • Spencer Torkelson, DET: +8000
  • Shane Baz, VG: +8000

There’s a new “Kid” in the outfield for the Mariners.

Julio Rodriguez was the best freshman in all of baseball during the first half of the season, leading all rookies in hits (95), home runs (16), RBIs (52), runs scored (53), stolen bases (21) and WAR (3.6). He even faced some of the best players in the league during the Home run derby and All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium during the break. Unless he hits a major rookie wall in the second half, he should run away with the AL Rookie of the Year.

NL Rookie of the Year Odds

  • Spencer Strider, AT: +175
  • Michael Harris II, AT: +200
  • Oneil Cruz, PIT: +700
  • Seiya Suzuki, CSC: +1100
  • Nolan Gorman, STL: +1800
  • Mackenzie Gore, SD: +1800
  • Christophe Morel, CSC: +2000
  • Brendan Donovan, STL: +2000
  • Juan Yepez, STL: +2200
  • Jack Suwinski, PIT: +3000

The top two candidates for NL Rookie of the Year come from the defending World Series champions. Both Spencer Strider and Michael Harris II have been impressive additions to the Braves’ big league roster, with Strider doing his job on the mound and Harris stepping up at the plate.

Oneil Cruz was late for the 2022 MLB season, but he’s been an eye-opener during his short tenure at the majors so far. Although he is among the best rookie talents this year, he has only 26 games under his belt, so he has a lot of catching up to do to reach the cumulative output of other award contenders.

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