The National League MVP Award is given to the best player from that league in any given year. Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young and NL MVP Award in the same year in 2014. It was the first time that the National League had a pitcher named MVP since Bob Gibson in 1968.
We’re getting to watch one of the best pitchers of all-time in Kershaw, and he’s only 27 years old. He went 21-3 last year with a 1.77 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 239 strikeouts over 198.1 innings. He also had six complete games and two shutouts. He was among the favorites to win the NL MVP once again entering 2015 at 7/1 odds.
The favorite was actually Giancarlo Stanton (4/1) for the Miami Marlins. He hit .288 with a .395 OBP and a .555 slugging percentage last year with 37 homers and 105 RBIs. His season was even cut short due to a facial fracture that kept him out the final two weeks of the season, otherwise he likely would have won the home run crown. The second-biggest favorite was Andrew McCutchen (11/2) of the Pirates followed by Jonathan Lucroy (6/1) of the Brewers.
Now that we are two months into the season, the odds have changed quite a bit. Bryce Harper (2/1) is the favorite followed by Paul Goldschmidt (4/1). They were 16/1 and 15/2 entering the season, respectively. Without question, they have been the two best players in the National League up to this point.
Adrian Gonzalez (9/2) and Anthony Rizzo (15/2) have seen their odds shrink from 20/1 and 20/1, respectively, since the start of the season. A couple other surprise candidates are Matt Carpenter (12/1), Todd Frazier (14/1), Kris Bryant (16/1) and Dee Gordon (20/1). Check out the updated list of odds as of June 8th below.