With the 2017 season starting to near an exciting conclusion in the final months, we can see clearly which teams will fight for playoff spots and which will look ahead to the offseason. The MVP races are heating up, too. The American League is a one-man show right now as far as the MVP award goes, with a few players on the outskirts.
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge might have a leg up, but here are the Vegas odds on other American League MVP candidates.
[Editor’s note: Odds courtesy of OddsShark as of July 13, 2017.]
7. Jose Ramirez
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez didn’t enter 2017 as a major MVP candidate, but then again neither did Judge. Ramirez played a big role in getting the Indians to the World Series in 2016, breaking out and posting quality stats (.312/.363/.462 with 11 home runs and 3.9 WAR in 152 games played in the regular season) after two mediocre seasons.
But this season has been even more impressive for the 24-year-old. Ramirez has posted a slash line of .316/.372/.558 with a career-best 17 home runs through 99 games played, accumulating 3.3 WAR to date. Ramirez is by far the best hitter in Cleveland’s everyday lineup. The oddsmakers give him an outside chance of winning the AL MVP.