MLB 2020 MVP and Cy Young odds: Favorites, long shots and sleepers

June 28, 2020 02:00 AM

While fans and bettors wait patiently for MLB to release the official 2020 schedule, we found out some exciting news on Saturday as it pertains to Opening Day matchups. According to the New York Post, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees on Thursday July 23 in primetime. The Yankees will no doubt start free-agent addition Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA last season) while the Nats are expected to counter with either Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) or Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA).

The betting odds won't be posted until the schedule is unveiled. But with a pair of studs toeing the rubber and so many elite position players occupying the batter's box, bettors can't help but wonder if a potential Cy Young or MVP winner will be taking the field. 

Over the past few days, ever since the MLB return to play announcement became official, oddsmakers have slowly unveiled more offerings to baseball bettors. First it was props, followed by futures and win totals. Now we have the Cy Young and MVP odds. 

Before we delve into the odds, let's take a look at the last 5 award winners since 2015.

MVP

2019: Mike Trout (AL), Cody Bellinger (NL)

2018: Mookie Betts (AL), Christian Yelich (NL)

2017: Jose Altuve (AL), Giancarlo Stanton (NL)

2016: Mike Trout (AL), Kris Bryant (NL)

2015: Josh Donaldson (AL), Byrce Harper (NL)

Cy Young

2019: Justin Verlander (AL), Jacob DeGrom (NL)

2018: Blake Snell (AL), Jacob DeGrom (NL)

2017: Corey Kluber (AL), Max Scherzer (NL)

2016: Rick Porcello (AL), Max Scherzer (NL)

2015: Dallas Keuchel (AL), Jake Arrieta (NL)

Now let's dive into the 2020 MVP and Cy Young odds at DraftKings for the shortened 60-game season.

AL MVP

Mike Trout + 200

Aaron Judge + 800

Francisco Lindor + 1000

Anthony Rendon + 1400

Alex Bregman, Matt Chapman, Josh Donaldson, Gleyber Torres + 2000

Jose Ramirez, George Springer + 2500

Xander Bogaerts, Shohei Ohtani + 3000

Giancarlo Stanton + 3300

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Rafael Devers, DJ Lemahieu, JD Martinez, Yoan Moncada, Marcus Semien + 4000

Just as in years past, all MVP talk begins and ends with Trout. It's hard not to lay the chalk on a player who has won three of the last six awards. Plus he enjoys extra protection in the lineup as he's expected to hit 2nd in front of free agent pickup Anthony Rendon. Judge and Stanton are coming off injuries. Bregman and Springer have value at longer-shot odds but will the anti-Astros bias hurt them post-cheating scandal? One dark horse to keep an eye out for: Devers. The young Red Sox third baseman is entering his 4th season and coming off a breakout campaign where he hit .311 with 32 homers and 115 RBIs.

NL MVP

Mookie Betts + 550

Cody Bellinger + 700

Christian Yelich + 700

Ronald Acura Jr + 900

Juan Soto + 1000

Nolan Arenado, Javier Baez, Bryce Harper + 1800

Fernando Tatis Jr + 2000

Kris Bryant, Freddie Freeman, Manny Machado, Ketel Marte + 2500

Pete Alonso + 3000

Anthony Rizzo, Jacob DeGrom + 3300

Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Corey Seager, Trevor Story + 4000

Betts is the favorite and won the award in 2018 but now he must switch leagues and acclimate to a new team during an unconventional offseason. That's a tall task. Bellinger and Yelich have better payouts and have won the last two NL MVPs. The real value may rest with a couple young pups in 22-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr (.280, 41 homers, 101 RBIs) and 21-year-old Juan Soto (.282, 34 homers, 110 RBIs). Freeman is intriguing based on the price. Harper seems to be flying under the radar and you would expect him to be more comfortable in Philadelphia in Year 2. 

AL Cy Young

Gerrit Cole + 275

Justin Verlander + 700

Blake Snell + 900

Mike Clevinger + 1000

Shane Bieber, Tyler Glasnow, Charlie Morton + 1200

Lucas Giolito + 1800

Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber + 2200

Jose Berrios, Zack Greinke, Lance Lynn + 2500

Eduardo Rodriguez + 2800

Hyun Jin-Ryu + 3500

Cole, who missed out on the Cy last year to teammate Verlander, opens as the favorite. He is entering Year 1 with the Yankees after signing a 10-year, $360 million deal. Run support shouldn't be an issue, however Cole will have to play half of his games in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium. Verlander is a perennial contender but is coming off groin surgery in March, although he should be ready for the season. Berrios is entering his prime at age 26 and has improved his won-loss record and ERA all four years in the major (14-8, 3.68 ERA last year).

NL Cy Young

Jacob DeGrom + 350

Max Scherzer + 400

Walker Buehler, Jack Flaherty + 800

Stephen Strasburg + 1200

Clayton Kershaw + 1500

Luis Castillo + 1800

Yu Darvish + 2000

Trevor Bauer, Patrick Corbin, Aaron Nola + 2200

Max Fried, Dinelson Lamet + 2800

Mike Soroka + 3000

Chris Paddack + 3300

Sonny Gray + 4000

Can anyone dethrone DeGrom? The Mets ace has won the Cy two years in a row and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Scherzer has won it three times but has a lot of miles on his arm at age 35. Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA) is a rising star at 25-years-old and pitches for the best team in baseball. Strasburg has great value at + 1200, especially with extra rest coming off a postseason where he was nearly unhittable. Three-time winner Kershaw is entering his age 32 season and continues to produce, coming off a 16-5, 3.03 ERA season. Soroka is an interesting longshot after posting a 13-4, 2.68 ERA campaign as a 21-year-old rookie. 

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