Manny Machado has played a key role in the success of the Baltimore Orioles over the first month of the baseball season. And the 23-year-old third baseman’s performance has caught the attention of oddsmakers, as he’s now listed as the +375 favorite on the odds to win the AL MVP award at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Machado looked poised for a monster 2016 following an impressive 2015 campaign in which he had 35 home runs and 30 doubles to go along with a .286 batting average, finishing fourth in the AL MVP voting. So far this season Machado is hitting a scorching .355.
Meanwhile reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson remains close behind Machado alongside Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout at +400 odds to be named MVP this season. The Toronto Blue Jays third baseman shares the American League home run lead with Seattle’s Robinson Cano with nine on the season.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos has rocketed up to +900 on the AL MVP odds alongside teammate Victor Martinez, while Cano has moved up to +1200 on those betting lines after opening the campaign well behind the leaders at +4000 at the sportsbooks.
In the National League, Bryce Harper’s strong start to the season has contributed to the Washington Nationals’ rise to the top of the NL East standings and secured his position as the +400 favorite on the odds to win the NL MVP award for a second straight season.
However, Harper faces stiff competition at the top of the odds from third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, whose 11 home runs leads the National League and puts him on pace to surpass his 2015 total of 42 home runs.
Arenado has climbed to +500 on the NL MVP odds after starting the season at +2000, ahead of Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who sits at +800 on the betting lines. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy has risen to +900, where he is joined by New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.
As well, St. Louis Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz now sports +1200 odds to win the NL MVP award at the sportsbooks this season after storming out of the gate with a .386 average