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    NL MVP/Cy Young (06/12/13)

    John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics
    By John Ewing

    A look at the NL MVP and Cy Young odds and how they have changed over the course of the MLB season. For the AL MVP and Cy Young odds click here. Lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.

    With a couple months of baseball in the books the awards watch begins with a quick look at contenders and pretenders for the NL MVP and NL Cy Young awards. Plus, current odds for all the top players.

    NL MVP

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Preseason: N/A, Current: 5/1

    Is Paul Goldschmidt a legit MVP candidate? The numbers would suggest so. Goldie is hitting .313 (11th NL), with 15 HRs (4th NL), and 59 RBI (1st NL). Goldschmidt is currently the odds on favorite to win the MVP; maybe it is because he has a GoldschmidtforNLMVP Facebook page.

    Domonic Brown

    Preseason: N/A, Current: 18/1

    The month of May was strange for Brown. He hit 12 home runs without drawing a walk; here are all 12 home runs. Brown is the first player to ever accomplish this feat; the closest any other player has come is hitting 8 dingers in a month without a walk. Brown is leading the NL with 19 home runs and is 5th in RBI but he will need to raise his average if he hopes to truly contend for the MVP award.

    Carl Crawford

    Preseason: N/A, Current: 33/1

    Carl Crawford is back baby! Well, sort of. Crawford is hitting .301 with 5 home runs, and 9 stolen bases. Crawford will probably never be Carl Crawford in capital letters like he was in Tampa. Currently, Crawford ranks 41st among fantasy outfielders, partly due to injury. Crawford is on the 15 day disabled list with a hamstring issue that may keep him out longer as it is being classified as “fairly significant.”

    Ryan Howard

    Preseason: 33/1, Current: N/A

    Ryan Howard ranks 62nd on Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes. He is 15th among baseball players. The vast majority of Howard’s $21 million comes from the Phillies. For their money Philadelphia is getting a stat line of .256/.298/.437. To be fair to Howard, of the MLB players ahead of him nearly half would be considered overpaid.

    Team Preseason Odds Current Odds
    Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) N/A 5/1
    Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 33/1 6/1
    Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 20/1 6/1
    Joey Votto (CIN) 15/2 7/1
    Bryce Harper (WSH) 10/1 10/1
    Jean Segura (MIL) N/A 10/1
    Justin Upton (ATL) 20/1 10/1
    Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 25/1 12/1
    Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 15/1 12/1
    Buster Posey (SF) 12/1 14/1
    Ryan Braun (MIL) 9/1 15/1
    Domonic Brown (PHI) N/A 18/1
    Carlos Gomez (MIL) N/A 18/1
    Yadier Molina (STL) 20/1 18/1
    Carlos Beltran (STL) N/A 25/1
    Dexter Fowler (COL) N/A 25/1
    Carl Crawford (LAD) N/A 33/1
    Starling Marte (PIT) N/A 33/1
    Pablo Sandoval (SF) N/A 33/1
    Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) N/A 33/1
    David Wright (NYM) 25/1 33/1

    NL Cy Young

    Clayton Kershaw

    Preseason: 18/1, Current: 4/1

    Kershaw is once again leading the NL in ERA (1.88); he has done so in each of the last two seasons. In addition to limiting teams from scoring Kershaw is also leading the NL in innings pitched as well as WAR (3.9 wins). Kershaw is the odds on favorite to win

    Patrick Corbin

    Preseason:  N/A, Current: 5/1

    Corbin, acquired by the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade, has gone at least six innings in all twelve games he has pitched. Arizona has won all 12 games he has pitched with Corbin earning 9 wins (1st NL). Corbin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of the 12 games. No one saw this type of production coming from such a young player who started the season in the fifth spot in the rotation.

    Shelby Miller

    Preseason: N/A, Current: 15/2

    Miller is the owner of a 1.91 ERA (2nd NL), 3.2 WAR (5th NL), and 7 Wins (7th NL). Mind you he is doing all of this as a rookie. Miller is on pace for 18 wins, 205 strikeouts and 190 innings pitched. If he continues this pace he would surely win the Rookie of the Year if not the Cy Young.

    Jason Grilli

    Preseason: N/A, Current: 33/1

    Perfection, 23 for 23 in save opportunities. Grilli has gone from adequate middle reliever to shutdown closer. Grilli’s average draft position in fantasy leagues was as 23rd catcher taken this season. He could become the first closer to win the award since Eric Gagne in 2003. 

    Team Preseason Odds Current Odds
    Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 18/1 4/1
    Patrick Corbin (ARI)  N/A 5/1
    Adam Wainwright (STL) 15/1 5/1
    Jordan Zimmerman (WAS) 25/1 7/1
    Shelby Miller (STL) N/A 15/2
    Lance Lynn (STL) 33/1 9/1
    Cliff Lee (PHI) 12/1 10/1
    Matt Harvey (NYM) 100/1 11/2
    Mike Minor (ATL) N/A 12/1
    Madison Bumgarner (SF) 33/1 15/1
    Mat Latos (CIN) 25/1 18/1
    Craig Kimbrel (ATL) 33/1 20/1
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) N/A 20/1
    Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 11/2 20/1
    A.J. Burnett (PIT) 50/1 33/1
    Jaime Garcia (STL) 33/1 33/1
    Jason Grilli (PIT) N/A 33/1
    Tim Hudson (ATL) 25/1 50/1
    Sergio Romo (SF) N/A 100/1

     

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