When it comes to baseball betting, one of the best places to look for value in the market is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. MVP awards across the various US sports can be really hard to call, with so many quality competitors. However, one of the most favored names for the American League MVP is Mike Trout. Absolutely back to his finest level of player, Trout has managed to build a pretty stellar season so far.
Indeed, statistically, he’s playing the best baseball ever at the start of a season. He’s never managed to start a season quite so well, with an OPS at 1.332. That’s hugely impressive and shows us just how well he’s managed to come out to start the season. So, while the season might still be young in the American League, Trout has made a very impressive start.
Although the center-fielder has been making waves for the Los Angeles Angels for close to a decade, this might be his most exciting season yet. Having already picked up the AL MVP award in 2014, 2016, and 2019, this might be his best chance to pick up another award. At 29, too, this is probably the prime years of his career – can he add another MVP award to his hugely impressive individual accolades collection?
What makes Mike Trout a good shout for American League MVP?
For one, his hot start gives him such a huge advantage over other runners for the award, like Byron Buxton. He’s came out so fast at the start of the year, hitting plenty and reaching a whopping .400 batting average, that even a cold streak isn’t likely to slow down his MVP candidacy. As the season goes on, fans will remember this absolutely ridiculous purple patch to help open up the MLB season.
His batting average for the season could be good enough to get him MVP even if he were to return to a more par-like performance. That being said, his incredible playing standard shows no signs of slowing down, so if he can keep up anything like this performance all-year, he should be a shoo-in for the MVP award.
With 4 MVP awards already, Trout knows when it matters to start playing at his absolute maximum. He’s a veteran of the league at 29 and knows what it takes to successfully manage the entirety of the season.
What are the odds?
At the moment, his odds are only around +180 – but that’s probably about as good as you are likely to get. Mike Trout is in such ridiculous form that if he keeps this up, his candidacy is going to become a shoo-in. more or less Even another month of consistent play like this would see those odds vanish.
Career best starts do tend to get the crowd buzzing, so if you want to get in on the ground floor of a very good shot of predicting the 2021 AL MVP, it might be time to place your bids and bets now. Knowing Mike, he’ll keep hitting at this level for the season!