It’s that time of the month for Major League Baseball, with Las Vegas releasing its updated odds on the MVP winners in each league. Last season, Kris Bryant rose above the rest in the National League to take home the MVP trophy in just his second big-league season.
Several of the best players in the game are having great seasons in 2017, with many of them leading their teams toward the playoffs. So, who are the clear frontrunners? We took a look at the Vegas odds on the top National League MVP candidates.
[Editor’s note: Odds courtesy of Odds Shark as of July 13, 2017.]
8. Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger, the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie who recently turned 22 years old, has been a mad man at the plate this season. Bellinger didn’t make his major-league debut until April 25 this season. But he quickly took the world by storm, filling in for Adrian Gonzalez at first base and also getting time at the corner outfield spots.
Bellinger made the All-Star team this year, hitting 25 home runs with a .261/.342/.619 slash line in 292 plate appearances. The fact that the Dodgers have the best record in baseball at the All-Star break certainly helps his cause, too. But it’s also true that Bellinger isn’t even the best hitter on his own team — spoiler alert — and that probably shuts down his candidacy in a big way.