National League MVP Odds show Pujols as big favorite
The National League MVP Award seems to be already signed, sealed, and delivered as Albert Pujols has been by far the most dominate player in the National League and odds-makers agree. Pujols has been listed as a -2000 favorite to win the award with rest of the field being listed at +500 behind Pujols. That means you would have to lay $2,000 at Sportsbook.com in order to win $100. There’s not much value for bettors in this proposition by taking Pujols but taking the field is just throwing money away also.
Albert Pujols -2000:
Pujols is a whopping favorite and for good reason. In my mind, he is the absolute best player in all of baseball and if you ask baseball betting experts if you could pick one player to build a team around, the answer would be Albert Pujols. Albert Pujols despite having a bit of slow second half (at least by his standards) is hitting .320 with 42 homeruns and 111 RBI’s. He is a hitting machine and has consistently made pitchers pay for any mistake they have made all year long. Pujols leads the National League in homeruns, runs scored, on base percentage, and slugging. He is also third in the NL in RBI’s and walks. You also can’t overlook Pujols defensively either as he is great with the glove and plays great defense at the first base position. All things considered, Pujols is the best, most complete player in all of baseball and is a lock to take home the MVP award in 2009.
The Field +500:
Despite the fact that no one really has a shot at beating out Pujols, there are a few players who we must recognize for having very good seasons as well. Prince Fielder is hitting .298 with 36 homeruns and 119 RBI’s. Unfortunately, the Brewers have had a disappointing season as they are just 65-70 and 14.5 games behind the division leading Cardinals. Ryan Howard has also had a nice year for the Phillies batting .275 with 37 homeruns and 112 runs batted in. Howard has led the Phillies to a nice 77-57 season thus far which puts them 6.5 games in front of the Florida Marlins. However, Pujols has simply been too dominant for Howard to displace him. Finally, Hanley Ramirez has also had a very nice season for the Florida Marlins hitting a whopping .355 with 19 homers and 85 RBI. These three guys have had great season no mistake about it but Pujols is in a class of his own.
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