Manny Machado Betting Favorite and Most Popular Bet to Win NL MVP Award

National League MVP The Odds

  • Manny Machado is both the betting favorite and most popular bet to win the 2022 NL MVP award.
  • Machado has 27% of the betting handle at +225 odds via BetMGM.
  • Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper is the most popular bet as far as betting ticket are concerned with 17% of the total slips issued.

Manny Machado is posting impressive numbers for the San Diego Padres and has established himself as the early betting favorite to win the 2022 NL MVP award at the best MLB betting sites.

Machado is also the most popular bet to win the award at online sportsbook BetMGM with 27% of the betting handle at +225 odds. He is also the biggest liability of the said sportsbook in that particular betting market.

Playing Like an MVP

There’s no question that Machado is playing like an MVP right now. The 29-year-old from Miami, Florida is the current National League leader in batting average at .361 and OBP at .437. He is also ranked 4th in OPS at 1.027 and 7th in SLG at .590. With Fernando Tatis Jr. still on the injured list with a broken wrist, Machado’s blistering start has kept the Padres at pace with the L.A. Dodgers in the NL West team standings.

As of the close of Wednesday’s games, San Diego is 28-16 on the season. The Padres are currently in second place in the NL West and are just 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bet365 USA has the Dodgers as the -240 favorites to win the division while the Padres are second at +275.

On the bigger picture, the Padres are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers at 28-16 for the second best record in the National League standings. San Diego has the 4th shortest odds to win the League at +600 with the Dodgers at +225, New York Mets at +425, and Milwaukee Brewers at +450 the only teams with shorter odds than them. San Diego also has the 7th shortest odds to win the World Series at +1000 at Bet365 USA.

Mookie Betts Back in MVP Form

After he struggled by his standards last season, Mookie Betts is back in MVP form this season and is second in the NL MVP betting boards at +600. The 29-year-old Betts leads the majors with 44 runs scored and last Tuesday, he tied Rafael Furcal’s Dodgers record by scoring in a 12th consecutive game. Betts also has one extra-base hit in his last six games which is three away from tying the team record shared by John Roseboro (1961) and Jack Fournier (1925).

Also coming out firing in the 2022 season is Nolan Arenado who is ranked 17th in home runs with 9 and continues to play Golden Glove-caliber third base for the St. Louis Cardinals. Arenado is currently tied with Betts at +600 odds. He has finished in the Top 10in the NL MVP voting on five different occasions and finished 3rd in the MVP voting in 2018.

Listed at +1000 odds are Bryce Harper and Juan Soto who finished 1 and 2 in the 2021 NL MVP voting. Harper won the award last season and currently ranks 12th in the majors in HR with 10 and RBI at 31. He is the most popular bet as far as betting slips are concerned with 17% of the total tickets However, the Phillies are just 20-24 on the season and in third place in the NL East. Soto leads the Nationals with 8 home runs but like the Phillies, his Nationals are off to a slow start.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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