One of the biggest topics of conversation in the VSiN universe this baseball season has been the player awards market.
These futures bets provide an alternative to the extreme grind that handicapping MLB over the course of the season can be when dealing with variables such as travel, starting pitchers, umpires and recent statistical output.
Of course, those awards bets are best made early in the season when higher numbers are available. But even at this late juncture, they deserve attention.
The focus now should be to identify any remaining value, determine whether your existing bets are still alive and see if you can find hedging opportunities.
Let’s examine the overall player awards futures to determine whether any late-season value can still be wrung from the market. But before we do, here is my mantra when it comes to handicapping awards futures: Don’t bet on the player you think should win the award based on your personal set of benchmarks. You must bet on the player the media members will vote for.