The monkey may finally be off the back of Clayton Kershaw. The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t home free just yet, but they used a second strong outing by Kershaw to take a commanding 3-2 lead in the 2020 World Series.
Could it be enough to get the Dodgers their first title since 1988? Would it quiet all of the critics of Kershaw’s playoff foibles? Might it even win him the 2020 World Series MVP?
A lot of questions are going to be answered in the coming days, with game six picking things back up on Tuesday. It could all end there, or at worst (or best?) we get one more of these zany games the following day.
Soon, though, a champion will be crowned, and so too, we’ll see someone rise to the top as the MVP of the 2020 World Series.
The question, of course, is who?
More importantly, perhaps, is who you should bet on to win the World Series MVP? If you’re looking for the latest World Series MVP odds for 2020, or which contenders make sense, you’ve come to the right place.
First, let’s check out the latest odds, then dig into some favorites, a few sleepers, and come to an ultimate prediction.
2020 World Series MVP Odds
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These were the odds for who will win the 2020 World Series MVP at the top baseball sportsbooks prior to Sunday’s game five.
Corey Seager has thus far had the best statistical series of any player, so he understandably leads the charge. He’s followed by two other terrific hitters in Mookie Betts and Brandon Lowe – both of which could have a case to win the award.
Don’t tell me a pitcher can’t win this award, though. Stephen Strasburg did it with a 2-0 record and 14 whiffs a year ago, and Madison Bumgarner did it with 17 strikeouts and two wins in 2014.
Hitters usually have four or more games to leave their mark, so they naturally win the award more frequently. If a hurler is going to get it, they need an unblemished record, and they need an overall dominant performance.
Oh, and if you think you know who wins this thing, start with that team when betting on who will win the 2020 World Series MVP. History has only seen someone from the losing side win once.
That said, we have to consider what the latest 2020 World Series Most Valuable Player odds tell us. Just make sure you get the latest odds and hunt for the best pricing available at the top MLB betting websites.
You probably have a bet in mind, and this list of MLB betting sites should give you the ideal spot to place it. Of course, it never hurts to run through the top World Series MVP contenders, while also noting a sleeper or two.
Tuesday brings the potential end to this series, while Wednesday could present a tense game seven. No matter what happens, here’s a quick look at the top threats to win the hardware when it’s all said and done.
Corey Seager (+325)
Seager was the 2020 World Series MVP favorite going into game five, and he kept on trucking along with an RBI hit, a walk, and a run. He’s hitting an insane .471 for the series, with two home runs and a stolen base.
Seager also won the NLCS MVP, so it’d only make sense he’d get this one, too.
The argument is quite strong for Seager to win if the WS ended now. If the Dodgers win and he keeps posting even modest numbers (and possibly even if he doesn’t), he’ll be a very good bet at this price.
Brandon Lowe (+550)
I didn’t pick the Rays to win the World Series, and now that they’re down 3-2, it seems unlikely they will. If you think Tampa Bay can rally and win the next two games, though, the first guy you should be looking to bet on is Lowe.
Lowe is only hitting .143 in this series, but he’s come up big with three home runs and six RBI. If he adds to those totals and the Rays pull off the upset, it’ll be hard to turn away from this +550 price tag.
Clayton Kershaw (+650)
I’ll also mention Walker Buehler (+650) here. Pitchers don’t win the World Series MVP all that often, but if the Dodgers win, it’ll be hard to ignore these guys.
Buehler could vault up the standings if he’s forced to toe the rubber in a decisive game seven, while he shredded (10 strikeouts) in his only appearance so far.
Kershaw has the narrative working in his favor, though. The Dodgers ace has had a bad career in the playoffs, but he’s finally come up big, delivering a 2.31 ERA with 14 whiffs and a 2-0 record in the 2020 World Series.
That would buck the “Playoff Kershaw” stigma, and complete an already impressive postseason legacy when you look at the numbers.
The hard-hitting superstar has one less long ball than Lowe in this series, and he’s hitting .333 with four walks. He also delivered one of the most iconic moments in baseball history, when he took advantage of a clutch Brett Phillips hit and scored the winning run in game four.
If Arozarena ends up being part of why the Rays rally and take this series, he’s a very appealing bet to win the 2020 World Series MVP at +1000.
There is still at least one more game to be played. If Tuesday is the end of the 2020 World Series, then most of my interest would revolve around Seager, Turner, and Kershaw.
If you think it extends, you can start getting cute, and even look at elite betting values like Max Muncy (+2500) and Joc Pederson (+5000). The more games we get, the better the chances are some of the top contenders see their numbers drop, and value bets rise up.
Should we get to a game seven, the Rays could obviously still win, too. I don’t see any of their pitchers within striking distance here, but Lowe and Arozarena would absolutely be good bets.
You’d even have to think about other guys like Kevin Kiermaier (+2000), Manuel Margot (+3500), and Yandy Diaz (+7500) – all of which offer elite betting value, and have enjoyed very efficient World Series runs.
All things considered, I think Kershaw is the best bet at +650 – especially if the series ends on Tuesday. Even if it gets to a game seven, there would be a chance he’d come into game seven and play a hand in securing the championship.
This is just how things stand on Monday as we enjoy a tiny break, of course. The 2020 World Series MVP odds can change, and depending on what happens in game six (or game seven), you could argue for anyone I’ve touched on.
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