Bookies boosting odds for Phillies stars in MVP betting

While Major League Baseball is on indefinite hold, New Jersey sportsbooks have quite a few MLB futures bets available. While there is no MLB team in the Garden State, nearby franchises such as the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies enjoy a strong following in the area. Fox Bet has odds boost specials available for a couple of Philadelphia players.

Of course, all the MLB betting markets on offer at NJ bookies will count for nothing if the 2020 season is not played. Recent press reports have suggested the MLB may move the entire program to Arizona, while there is also talk that the season could be split between the desert and the tropical climes of Florida.

NL Most Valuable Player betting

Bryce Harper won the National League MVP in 2015 while with the Washington Nationals, and Fox Bet New Jersey is offering boosted odds of +2000 up from +1600 for him to win it again if the MLB season goes ahead. Last season, in his first with the Phillies, the star right-fielder did not have a great batting average (.260) but belted 35 home runs and had 114 runs batted in.

The two players with the best odds to win the 2020 NL MVP are Mookie Betts, who won the American League MVP in 2018 when playing with the Boston Red Sox, and his LA Dodgers teammate Cody Bellinger, who won the NL MVP last season. Last season Bellinger batted .305 with 47 home runs and 115 runs batted in. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has the third-best odds after finishing second in MVP voting in 2019.

Here are the six players with the best odds at Fox Bet to win the NL MVP this season:

  • Mookie Betts +550
  • Cody Bellinger +650
  • Christian Yelich +750
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. +900
  • Juan Soto +1100
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. +1500

It would help Harper’s cause if his team finishes better this season, as last year the Phillies were .500 (81-81) and missed the playoffs. The Dodgers won the NL West but failed to make the World Series for the third straight season.

NL Cy Young Award odds

One factor that could help Philadelphia win the NL East or snag an NL Wild Card is getting a good season from their star pitcher, Aaron Nola. Last season he went 12-7 with an earned run average of 3.87 and 229 strikeouts. In 2018 he won 17 games. Fox Bet has boosted his odds to win the Cy Young Award from +2200 to +2800.

Here are the seven hurlers with the best odds at Fox Bet NJ to win the NL Cy Young this season:

  • Max Scherzer +400
  • Walker Buehler +750
  • Jack Flaherty +900
  • Stephen Strasburg +1200
  • Clayton Kershaw +1600
  • Yu Darvish +1800
  • Luis Castillo +2000

Gerrit Cole is not on the list, as he signed a huge contract to join the New York Yankees after spending last season with the Houston Astros. However, he has the best odds at Fox Bet at +300 to win the AL MVP.

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