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Cubs’ Bryant Holds Down Top Odds to Win NL MVP Award

Cubs' Bryant Holds Down Top Odds to Win NL MVP Award - Bovada Sportsbook

Sitting as favorites on the odds to win the World Series this season, the Chicago Cubs also boast the favorite on the odds to win the NL MVP award with third baseman Kris Bryant sitting at the top of those betting lines heading into the second half of the season.

Bryant is the +250 favorite on the odds to win the NL MVP award, leading the National League in runs scored with 73 to go along with 25 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .286 batting average as his team exits the All-Star Break. The Cubs have won just two of their last eight games, but they still have a seven-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Colorado Rockies are just 40-48 and a distant third in the NL West standings, but their third baseman Nolan Arenado is still second at +325 on the NL MVP award odds. Arenado is hitting .287 on the season with 23 home runs, an NL-leading 70 RBI, and 60 runs scored.

 

Harper Gunning for Repeat

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals won the NL MVP award last season, and he’s in the thick of the race again in 2016 at +450 to claim the honor on the betting lines. Harper, though, is hitting just .256 on the season to go along with 19 home runs, 52 RBI, and 50 runs scored. Washington has a six-game lead on the New York Mets in the NL East standings.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the NL MVP in 2014 and holds down +500 odds to win the award this season. The lefthander, expected back from the disabled list within the next two weeks, is 11-2 on the season with a sparkling 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 121 innings of work.

And Bryant’s Cubs teammate Anthony Rizzo rounds out the top NL MVP contenders, tied with Kershaw at +500on the odds list. The first baseman is hitting .299 on the season with 21 home runs, 63 RBI, and 54 runs scored.

Rounding out the listed players on the NL MVP award odds are Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy at+900, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes at +2500, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt at +2500, and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton at +3300.

 

*Odds as of July 15, 2016

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