2023 MLB MVP Odds, Favorites & Predictions (AL & NL)

Eddie Griffin

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Through the first three months of the MLB season, there have been many magnificent performances and performers. But with the second half of the season set to start, there are two clear favorites in both of the MLB MVP races.

Last season, Aaron Judge was named American League MVP, while Paul Goldschmidt took home National League MVP honors.

Both of those races were all but over well before the end of the season, and there’s a good chance that will be the case again in 2023.

Otherworldly Ohtani Running Away with Second AL MVP

If you enjoy MLB betting or follow baseball even casually, you will almost certainly be aware of the two-way greatness of Shohei Ohtani.

If he was solely a hitter, Ohtani would still be the AL MVP favorite.

  • Batting Average: 9th (.302)
  • Home Runs: 1st (32)
  • RBI: 3rd (71)
  • Runs Scored: t-9th (63)
  • Triples: 1st (6)
  • On-Base Percentage: 9th (.387)
  • Slugging Percentage: 1st (.663)
  • OPS: 1st (1.050)
  • Total Bases: 1st (226)

But wait, there’s more. Then you add in his numbers on the mound: 7-4 record, 3.32 ERA, and 132 strikeouts (fourth in MLB) in 101.1 innings.

Last season, he lost out to Judge, the home run leader in MLB, because Judge broke a record that had been held since 1961.

But even if someone else comes along and hits 63 homers this season, it won’t be enough to beat out Ohtani, not least because Ohtani—who is currently on pace for 58 homers—might hit 60+ himself.

When Ohtani was named AL MVP in 2021, he was a unanimous winner, taking all 30 first-place votes. If he stays healthy, he will do the same again this year. That is, unless someone wants to be a contrarian.

Amazing Acuna Aiming for First NL MVP Award

Ronald Acuna Jr Atlanta Braves MLB MVP 2023 NL Most Valuable Player

This year, the MLB MVP races could very well end up how they could have in 2021.

Two years ago, Ronald Acuna Jr. was on his way to a great and potentially MVP-winning season when he tore his ACL in the final game before the MLB All-Star Game.

He didn’t pick up where he left off when he returned last year, but he has unlocked a new level this season, all the while not missing a single game thus far in 2023.

  • Batting Average: 2nd (.331)
  • Doubles: t-10th (25)
  • Home Runs: t-11th (21)
  • RBI: t-23rd (55)
  • Runs: 1st (79)
  • On-Base Percentage: 3rd (.408)
  • Slugging Percentage: 3rd (.582)
  • OPS: 2nd (.990)
  • Total Bases: 2nd (209)

Currently, Acuna is on pace for 38 homers, 75 steals, 46 doubles, 144 runs, 100 RBI, and 217 hits.

Whereas the NFL MVP or NBA MVP is often given to a player on one of the best teams in those leagues, that is often not the case with the MLB MVP awards.

After all, in 2021, Ohtani’s Angels finished 77-85, and NL MVP Bryce Harper played for a Philadelphia Phillies team that went 82-80 and missed the MLB playoffs.

But when you are putting together these kinds of numbers, and doing at the top of the lineup for the best team in baseball only enhances Acuna’s MVP case.

Refining his approach at the plate has been key to his success. Prior to this season, he had 582 career strikeouts and only 261 walks (2.2:1 ratio). This season, he has walked 44 times and struck out only 49 times.

While he is having an unbelievable season, Acuna isn’t quite running away like Ohtani is in the other MLB MVP race, at least when you look at the odds.

But if he can keep this up, it is going to take something truly extraordinary for Mookie Betts or Freddie Freeman to keep Acuna from being named NL MVP for the first time.

Who Will Take Home MLB MVP Honors in 2023?

Ohtani and Acuna are certainly dominating the spotlight, but who are the other potential contenders in the MLB MVP races?

Here, we take a look at the latest twists, turns, and odds for the 2023 AL MVP and NL MVP races, which have some high-performing stars separate from the pack of contenders.

Below, check out the latest odds, courtesy of Bovada. As with Cy Young odds, all of our recommended sportsbooks also offer MLB MVP odds, so we encourage shopping around for the best possible value for your chosen pick(s).

2023 MLB MVP Odds

Listed MLB MVP odds are as of Tuesday, July 11, 2023.

2023 American League MVP Favorites

  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels -1500
  • Corey Seager, Texas Rangers +2000
  • Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays +4000
  • Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays +4000
  • Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays +4500
  • Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers +5000
  • Adley Rutschman, Baltimore Orioles +5500
  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels +5500
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays +6000
  • Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians +6500
  • Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros +6500
  • Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros +7000
  • Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox +8000

2023 National League MVP Favorites

  • Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves -400
  • Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers +800
  • Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers +1200
  • Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks +4000
  • Matt Olson, Atlanta Braves +4500
  • Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres +5000
  • Juan Soto, San Diego Padres +5000
  • Luis Arraez, Miami Marlins +5000
  • Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals +7000
  • Pete Alonso, New York Mets +8000
  • Sean Murphy, Atlanta Braves +8000

Recent MLB MVP Winners

  • 2022: AL – Aaron Judge, New York Yankees; NL – Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2021: AL – Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels; NL – Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
  • 2020: AL – Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox; NL – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
  • 2019: AL – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; NL – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 2018: AL – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox; NL – Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • 2017: AL – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros; NL – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
  • 2016: AL – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; NL – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  • 2015: AL – Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays; NL – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
  • 2014: AL – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; NL – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 2013: AL – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers; NL – Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Where to Bet on MLB in 2023

The MLB MVP odds in this article are from Bovada, but there are many reputable sports betting sites where you can bet on MLB this season, from games each day, to World Series futures, to the major individual awards.

Here are a few other online sportsbooks that we recommend for MLB betting:

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Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and betting on sports for over a decade and has been with Betting News since 2021. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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