- Aaron Judge was named as the AL Player of the Week for July 21 to 24, 2022.
- Judge now haw 37 home runs on the season and is one away from cashing the over on his 37.5 preseason home run prop bet.
- The Yankees slugger has overtaken Shohei Ohtani atop the AL MVP betting boards.
The 2022 MLB season has entered its second half and Aaron Judge has not slowed down.
After a strong start which saw him enter the All-Star break with the second-best odds to win American League MVP honors, Judge has moved back to the top of the mountain after winning AL Player of the Week honors right off the break.
Judge Crushed No. 37
No. 37 for Aaron Judge was CRUSHED. 😳
— MLB (@MLB) July 24, 2022
On Sunday, the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 to win their series 2 games to one. Judge homered for the 37th time this season, moving to within one home run of cashing his preseason home run prop bet of 37.5. The Yankees’ slugger is on pace to hit 62 home runs this season.
Since the All-Star break, Judge has been on fire. In the five games that the Yankees played from July 21 to 24, Judge posted a batting average of .474 (9-19) with an OPS of 1.776 and a slugging percentage of 1.211. He hit four home runs and two doubles with 11 RBIs and six runs scored. During that stretch, Judge led the majors in RBIs and extra-base hits ( 6 ) and is tied for the lead in home runs and hits
Because of his hot start to the second half of the season, Judge was named the American League Player of the Week. On the other side of the fence, Paul Goldschmidt was named the National League Player of the Week. Goldy is the current -150 betting favorite to win NL MVP honors. As for the AL, Judge’s strong stat has put him back on top of the betting boards.
AL MVP Odds at the Break
AL MVP odds at the break
Shohei Ohtani -120
Aaron Judge +125
Yordan Alvarez +140
Mike Trout +2200
Rafael Devers +2800
Jose Ramirez +5000
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) July 20, 2022
At the All-Star break, Shohei Ohtani was the -120 betting favorite to win the AL MVP award with Judge chasing him at +125 and Yordan Alvarez at +140. But with Judge coming off the break smoking hot, the Yankees’ slugger has grabbed the upper hand once again. The BetOnline App now has Judge as its -105 favorite with Ohtani falling back to second at +105 odds.
Judge and Ohtani are now even money co-favorites to win the award at Caesars Sportsbook. Judge is the solo +100 odds-on favorite at Bet365 USA with Ohtani now trailing him at +125 odds. The Yankees’ outfielder is now listed at -110 odds via BetMGM, PointsBet USA, Borgata Online, and the FD Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Ohtani is listed at +115 via PointsBet USA, BetMGM, and Borgata. The Angels’ dual-threat superstar is also listed at +125 via the FD sportsbook.
Ohtani overtook Judge at AL MVP betting at the halfway point of this month. Now Judge has reclaimed his spot atop the betting boards with a strong start to the second half of the 2022 MLB season. Make no mistake, Ohtani is not done yet. The 2022 American League MVP race is just heating up.