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The Midsummer classic is now behind us, after the National League destroyed the American League in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. And with the second half of the season set to get underway, let’s take a look at how the Most Valuable Player odds stack up entering the second half.
Bovada Sportsbook has formed a number of betting lines for the top players in baseball, one of which are the odds to win the AL MVP. For those who watched the All Star Game on Tuesday night, you were privy to the majority of those candidates in the starting line up. But at the top of the list of favorites for the 2012 AL MVP are a pair of players, one from the Yankees and the other from the Rangers. They would be Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton, both of whom are tied atop the odds at 5/2 on the payout. And as of right now, it would be difficult to argue against either one of them. Hamilton is one of the biggest power hitters and clutch performers in the game, while on the other side Cano is arguably the toughest out in Major League Baseball.
There are several other notable players behind these two, for which they all can make a push in the second half of the season for the award.
Mike Trout of the Angels definitely busted hard onto the scene in the first half of 2012, and is set just behind Cano and hamilton at 11/4 on the amount wagered. The odds jump up a bit after the top-three, with Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays rounding out the top-five.
On the National League side of the equation, the betting odds are favoring a player from the surprise Pittsburgh Pirates. That would be Andrew McCutchen, leading the way on the betting line to win the NL MVP, going off at 7/2 on the amount wagered, and for good reason. McCutchen, who is batting .362 on the season with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs, is the driving force behind the Pirates rise in the National League Central, as the team leads the division at the halfway mark with no signs letting up. There are several players quite close behind him. That would be the Mets’ David Wright and the Reds’ Joey Votto.
Of course, there are still 81 games to be played during the season, which provides a bunch of opportunities for players to make their way up the list of favorites, or for McCutchen to cement his position as the Most Valuable Player in the league. It should be an exciting second half of the season in Major League Baseball.
Below, we have listed the full betting odds to win both the AL and NL MVP Award, so be sure to check them out if we didn’t mention your favorite player and see how the odds stack up.