National League Favorites
Recently rich Nolan Arenado is next on the oddsboard behind Bryce Harper at the National League in +850. The Colorado Rockies made a great run last year and Arenado was a significant portion of it. It remains to be seen if the Rockies can remain hot this season and in addition, it remains to be seen when Arenado is afflicted with the curse of the big contract. Arenado needed a .935 OPS last year up from his .886 career mark. The third baseman had 38 home runs and 110 RBIs to lead his team.
Paul Goldschmidt, who had been dominant for a period of time for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, has proceeded to St. Louis to perform for the Cardinals. The ninth-year major leaguer had 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last year but actually fell off in late August and through September when his group was still in a race. Expectations will be greater today than ever, and when he has the same response to pressure because he did last year, the MVP is a very long shot.
In +1800, Manny Machado is among the MVP candidates in the NL after signing with the San Diego Padres, staying in California after being traded to the Dodgers last summer. Machado attracted the ire of fans and baseball commentators with his laissez-faire mindset down the stretch and into the match with the Dodgers. Comparing him to some guy who comes to play every day such as Kris Bryant, at +900, I would take the latter each moment.