The American League MVP Award is given out each year to the most outstanding player in that league. Miguel Cabrera had won two straight MVP awards in 2012 and 2013 before Mike Trout overtook him last year for the honor. It’s no surprise that Trout entered the season as the favorite to win it again in 2015 at 1/1 odds.
Trout hit .287 with a .377 OBP and a .561 slugging percentage with 36 homers, 11 RBIs, 115 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 2014. What’s amazing is that he actually had a better season in 2012, but with Cabrera winning the triple crown, the voters had to give it to the Tigers’ slugger. Trout slashed .326/.399/.564 with 30 homers, 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases in 2012.
The odds to win the AL MVP have certainly changed quite a bit since the start of the season. However, Trout is still the favorite at 2/1 odds now that we are two months into the season. Miguel Cabrera (4/1) is tied for the second betting choice, but there are a whole lot of surprises outside of those two.
Nelson Cruz (4/1) is tied with Cabrera as the second betting choice. He is proving that he can hit for power anywhere, which is obviously the case now that he is playing half his games inside pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. Cruz wasn’t even on the MVP odds list at the start of the season.
A few other players who now have odds posted that didn’t at the start of the season are Texas’ Prince Fielder (5/1), Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis (5/1), Oakland’s Stephen Vogt (12/1) and Kansas City’s duo of Lorenzo Cain (25/1) and Eric Hosmer (25/1). We are only one-third of the way through the season, so there’s plenty of time for more surprise names to get hot and make the list down the road.