- BetUS‘ updated National League MVP odds favor Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. (+175)
- Fernando Tatis Jr. (+450) is off to a slow start after being slowed by an injury and COVID
- Jacob deGrom (+600) should be back on the Mets mound soon after making a rehab start last week
While the World Series isn’t won in the spring, the first quarter of the 2021 major league baseball season has offered clues on who might be playing in October. The National League has been especially entertaining early this year with three of the game’s brightest young stars, Ronald Acuña Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto, performing up to expectations.
Will one of those three win their first NL MVP or will Jacob deGrom become just the third pitcher to be named Most Valuable Player in either league since 1992? Let’s look at the latest odds and check out our MLB 2021 betting guide for further wagering tips and advice.
2021 National League MVP Odds
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||+175|
|Fernando Tatis Jr.||+450|
Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the way
Ronald Acuña Jr. (+175) is not only the NL MVP favorite – his 13 home runs lead the National League, so we hope you took our preseason recommendation to bet him pace the majors in home runs this year at a juicy +1800.
The 23-year-old outfielder hit his first walk-off homer last week to avoid a sweep at the hands of the division-rival Mets and is proving to be the only bright spot on what’s been an ugly season for the Braves to date.
“IT’S OVER” 🗣
Ronald Acuña Jr. channels Vince Carter after this walk-off homer
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 20, 2021
Fernando Tatis Jr. (+450) has played in only 26 games this season due to a shoulder injury and a COVID issue, but the Dominican superstar is back in the Padres lineup and ready to make up for lost time. The Padres shortstop has shown a lot of power (nine home runs) when he has played, but he’ll need to start reaching base more (.240 average) to win the NL MVP award.
Can DeGrom double up?
Pitchers rarely win MVPs. The last two aces to accomplish the feat were Clayton Kershaw in 2014 and Justin Verlander in 2011, but Jacob deGrom (+600) is squarely in the mix for the award this season with a 0.68 ERA in six starts for the Mets with 65 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings.
After being on the injured list for the past two weeks, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner recently dominated a Low-A minor league team in a rehab start and should be back on a MLB mound soon.
Being in Low-A and having to see a Jacob deGrom heater can’t be fun. pic.twitter.com/XdIQFyEGw9
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 21, 2021
Kris Bryant (+1000), Bryce Harper (+1400) and Juan Soto (+1400) are other names to keep an eye on. Having just recently broke out of his ground ball slump, expect the 22-year-old Nationals slugger to heat up over the remainder of the season.
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