The start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season is less than a month away. It’s time for bettors to start deciding which MLB player props catch their eye at West Virginia sportsbooks.
The new year gets underway on April 1. Opening day features a total of 15 games, which means all 30 teams will take the diamond.
While betting on individual games during the season is fun, it’s always interesting to have a season prop or two. Since the MLB schedule is back to 162 games, it’s nice to have some action on something for the long haul.
Beyond wagering on team props like win totals, online sportsbooks in WV offer lots of different player props. These include common markets like the MVP and Cy Young, in addition to season leaders and player totals.
Let’s examine some of the most appealing MLB player props for the upcoming season and take a look at their chances of happening.
NL MVP betting at WV sportsbooks
The MVP market is always a popular one coming into each year. Bettors enjoy taking a few players to win the award at the beginning of the season because the majority of the odds are very favorable.
Even some of the top guys in each league have odds close to +1000.
Several of the teams local to the Mountain State have viable options who could contend for the MVP in 2021.
In the National League, Washington’s Juan Soto has as good of odds as anyone to take home the hardware this season.
The 22-year-old outfielder is tied with the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts with odds of +750, according to DraftKings Sportsbook in WV.
Soto is easily one of the best young stars in the league, and we’ve only seen small sample sizes so far. In last year’s shortened campaign, he batted over .350, with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in just 47 games.
For those who enjoy baseball stats more than others, Soto slugged nearly .700 and showcased an OPS of 1.185. These incredible statistics earned Soto fifth place in the MVP voting a year ago.
There’s no reason to believe he’s going to slow down at all, and his odds are fairly represented at WV sportsbooks.
There are several other NL candidates who could put together a great season and compete for the award.
Both the Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenio Suarez and the Nationals’ Trea Turner have odds of +5000 at DraftKings.
Although Suarez didn’t hit particularly well in terms of average, he did smash 15 homers and 38 RBI in 57 games. In 2019, he hit 49 dingers and exceeded 100 RBI for the second time in his career.
Turner was spectacular in what was a down year for the Nats. He led the NL in hits with 78 and hit .335 in 59 contests. As always, Turner showed his ability to do a little of everything, hitting 15 doubles and 12 homers, along with stealing 12 bags.
NL MVP long shots
A name Pittsburgh Pirates fans aren’t surprised to see near the bottom of the MVP list is Ke’Bryan Hayes. The 24-year-old only played in a limited role last season, but he made his skills known.
Hayes hit .376 in his rookie year, accounting for 32 hits in 85 at bats. He showed plenty of power, too, knocking out 14 extra-base hits.
Even though it will likely be a long year for the Pirates, Hayes is undoubtedly a bright spot who could breakout. His odds to win the NL MVP this season are at +7500.
A more realistic bet for Hayes is the NL Rookie of the Year. He’s the favorite at DraftKings to win it for his league, at +400.
There are a couple of other players on local teams mentioned on DraftKings. The online sportsbook has the following odds for NL MVP:
- Josh Bell – Nationals +10000
- Nick Castellanos – Reds +10000
- Mike Moustakas – Reds +10000
AL MVP odds at WV sportsbooks
Several Cleveland Indians players are available to wager on for the American League MVP.
One of the favorites to take home the award is third baseman Jose Ramirez. With shortstop Francisco Lindor off to the Mets, Ramirez is now one of the top leaders on his team.
He seemed up to the task during the shortened season, batting .292, which was nearly 40 points higher than Ramirez hit in 2019.
The infielder also led the AL with 45 runs scored to go along with his 17 homers and 46 RBI. His amazing year got him second place in the MVP vote, just behind Chicago’s Jose Abreu.
DraftKings gives Ramirez the fourth-best shot at winning the award in 2021. He’s shown at +1200, behind only Mike Trout (+200) and Alex Bregman (+1000), and tied with Aaron Judge.
If Ramirez can keep some of the momentum he built going into this season, then he could have an opportunity to win.
BetMGM’s odds match DraftKings’, while FanDuel differs slightly, putting Ramirez at +1300.
His teammate Franmil Reyes is also offered for MVP at sportsbooks. He’s posted at +8000 on DraftKings.
Reyes is another up-and-coming player with loads of potential. The 25-year-old Dominican totaled 37 homers in 2019 between his time with San Diego and Cleveland.
Last year, he proved he could hit for average as well. Reyes hit .275 and recorded the best on-base percentage of his career at .344.
He probably won’t contend for an MVP this year, but anything is possible.
MLB player totals
Some of the best players in MLB even get their own player totals. Instead of just betting on if someone will lead the league in home runs, you can put action down on their individual numbers.
These markets are offered for several of the region’s top guys.
Bettors can take a stance on whether Soto will hit over or under 38.5 homers and 118.5 RBI.
DraftKings also features odds on Cleveland’s Ramirez. You can bet on his total of 32.5 dingers for the upcoming season.
Washington’s Turner is available on the online sportsbook for total number of hits. If he can reach 184 hits this year, his over backers will be pleased.
The Nationals shortstop, who placed seventh in the MVP vote a year ago, also has the second-best odds to steal the most bases. He’s available at +450, while Kansas City’s Adalberto Mondesi is the favorite at +100.
Turner’s exceeded 40 steals on two separate occasions, with 46 as his high mark in 2017.
As for pitchers, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber and Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo are among the favorites for wins.
Bieber went 8-1 in 2020 after posting 15 victories the year prior. DraftKings provides odds of +1300 for him to get the most.
Castillo’s personal best is 15 wins too. He’ll look to beat that this season and is shown at +2000 to record the most in baseball.