Pro Baseball Futures: Tatis Jr, Seager Most Popular NL MVP Bets

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A new baseball season commences tomorrow, with monster home runs, filthy strikeouts and stellar defensive glovework all back in our lives. William Hill has several ways to bet the 2021 MLB campaign, including who will take home MVP.

After looking at the odds and trends for the American League yesterday, let’s swing over to the National League.

In the AL, just one player—Mike Trout at +250—has odds lower than 15/1 to capture the award. In the National League, there are eight such players.

Mookie Betts is the +600 favorite in this market, followed by Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr. at +700 apiece. The odds for those three stars haven’t moved since William Hill first released them on Feb. 17.

There have been two shortstops with notable odds shifts near the top of the board: Fernando Tatis Jr. and Corey Seager. Tatis Jr. now has the fourth-lowest odds at +800 after opening at 10/1. Seager was originally listed at 25/1 before going all the way down to 10/1.

The three most recent NL MVPs are also among those with the lowest odds: Cody Bellinger (2019) at +900, Christian Yelich (2018) at 12/1 and last year’s recipient Freddie Freeman at 14/1.

“There’s a little more action on NL MVP compared to AL MVP in terms of tickets,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “It could be that there are more top candidates in the NL, but that’s the way it shook out. Seager and Tatis Jr., they’ve been getting the most love so far.”

Tatis Jr. leads the way in both total number of tickets (17%) and total dollars wagered (25%) among all NL MVP futures wagers taken at William Hill. While Seager ranks second in both categories at 11% and 23% respectively, he’s drawn the biggest NL MVP wager. A Nevada bettor placed $1,000 on Seager 25/1 for a total potential payout of $26,000.

After Tatis Jr. and Seager, three outfielders are next for total number of tickets, including one longer shot. Soto is third at 9%, with Acuna Jr. and Bryce Harper (22/1) close behind at 7% each. Regarding total dollars wagered, Soto (10%), Acuna Jr. (8%) and Betts (6%) round out the top five in that department.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for NL MVP below.

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