As May rolls on, MLB markets see some adjustments compared to when the 2022 season started.
All of the top Mountain State sportsbooks continually update their baseball odds for the season futures, as well as the main player awards.
MLB is often unpredictable, especially in regard to the performance of individual players. A lot of talented guys start the year slowly before picking up some momentum through the summer.
At the same time, some unknowns can get on the map from a fast start and a few spectacular showings. This sometimes leads to massive changes in the betting odds.
With the MLB season almost at the midway point of its second month, let’s take a look at the current odds posted at WV sportsbooks.
Adjusted MLB futures at WV sportsbooks
It’s been an incredible start for both baseball clubs that reside in New York. The Mets and Yankees are looking tremendous in the early going, each the first in their respective league to 20 wins.
Naturally, books modified their original odds from heading into April.
DraftKings WV now shows the Mets as the side with the third-best odds to win the World Series this fall at +750. They trail just the Dodgers (+450) and Yankees (+650) with around 30 games completed.
While the Yanks have a slight edge on their cross-town rival, it’s the Mets’ odds seeing some major movement.
The unfortunate news about star pitcher Jacob deGrom being sidelined for at least a month dropped the Metropolitans to around +1400. However, after of month of play, it appears they aren’t as reliant on the Cy Young winner.
New York owns a 21-10 record with a solid cushion in the NL East already. Of course, the acquisition of another Cy Young recipient in Max Scherzer helps fill the void left by deGrom.
Aside from his last start, Scherzer’s been impressive. The 37-year-old is 4-1 on the campaign, with an ERA of 2.92 and a WHIP under 1.00.
Scherzer isn’t alone, either. The majority of the Mets’ staff is performing well over their averages at the moment.
The Yankees are a few games better at 21-8, despite many picking them to finish third or fourth in the AL East.
Similarly, the Yanks’ pitching looks better than anticipated, led by ace Gerrit Cole. He’s settled in after a rough first outing, posting a 2.67 ERA and a 3-2 mark overall.
New York’s secret weapon, Nestor Cortes, is cruising and could find himself on this summer’s All-Star squad if he can keep it up. The lefty ranks fifth in MLB in ERA at 1.41, while also sitting in the top 10 for strikeouts.
Although the Yankees’ odds didn’t get cut almost in half like the Mets, they still fell a decent amount. They began the year at around +1100 to win it all.
Betting on the NL MVP
The NL MVP market is another that’s witnessed plenty of movement. At the start of April, Washington’s Juan Soto took the field as the solid favorite at WV sportsbooks, around +300.
Since Soto isn’t hitting on all cylinders just yet, operators have been forced to move the youngster back into the field a bit. The outfielder is now looking up at two others at DraftKings, with the Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado and Padres’ Manny Machado just ahead with odds of +600.
Soto is now available at +650 through the online sportsbook.
Both Arenado and Machado play quality defense at third base, which is something bettors might consider when looking at MVP odds.
It also helps that each is absolutely on fire at the plate.
Arenado is batting .330, to go with seven homers and 24 RBI on the young season. His fellow NL third baseman leads the league in hitting at .381, also smacking seven long balls with 21 RBI.
The infielders began the season at +2500 to earn the NL MVP.
AL Cy Young Award odds
Bettors can always turn to the American League as well.
Those who put some action down on Justin Verlander or Kevin Gausman before the season started are feeling good about their pick for the Cy Young.
The Astros’ Verlander is continuing to add to his Hall of Fame career with a great start to 2022. He’s 4-1 so far, with an incredible 1.55 ERA. Verlander is first in MLB in terms of the number of walks and hits he surrenders per inning at 0.64.
Even though he began the year around +1400 to earn the AL’s Cy Young, he’s now just +500 at DraftKings. This puts him in the overall solo lead at the moment, according to the odds.
Gausman is another pitcher who’s climbed up the charts. His odds have shifted more than Verlander’s, placing him in second at +650.
The pitcher solidified his best season as a professional last year with San Francisco. He entered April with odds around +1800. His switch over to Toronto and a difficult division haven’t hindered Gausman yet, as he has tossed 38 innings to the tune of a 2.13 ERA so far.
Both overtook the preseason favorites to take home the award, but two are still right behind them. Chicago’s Dylan Cease is listed at +700, while the Yanks’ Cole is +750.
Cleveland’s Shane Bieber, who also found himself among the top contenders, fell to +1400 through the online sportsbook.