2021 MLB Player Futures Odds, Betting Preview

Written By Erik Buchinger on April 1, 2021

With the MLB set to return for it 2021 season, it’s time to take a look at the futures betting market for some of the biggest individual awards the sport has to offer. Opening Day is set for Thursday, April 1 with all 30 teams scheduled to start their season on that day. This season will return to its regular 162-game slate for each team, a change from last year’s shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first pitch of the 2021 season is set to happen at 1:05 p.m. ET when the Toronto Blue Jays travel to take on the New York Yankees to start the year.

Taking a look at the futures betting market for individual awards can give baseball fans and bettors a good idea of what can be expected from some of those who are perceived to be the best players in the MLB. Oddsmakers spend tons of time crunching the numbers and finding the most accurate odds possible in their projections, and they are difficult to predict. Therefore, winning a futures bet can feature a significant payout, and it’s up to the bettor to determine whether it’s worth the risk. A lot can happen throughout the course of a season whether it’s injuries, roster moves or an increase or decrease in production, making futures odds so difficult to predict over a several month-long season.

Below is a look at some of the major individual player awards and who is projected to win them. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.

PlayCanada also published MLB futures betting odds on team accomplishments.

Player Futures

There are plenty of player futures to choose from, but here’s a look at the National League and American League Most Valuable Player odds along with the expected Cy Young contenders. Additionally, we will take a look at some of the Blue Jays’ players odds to accomplish these awards.

National League Most Valuable Player

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is a slight favorite to win the 2021 National League Most Valuable Player award at +735 odds with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts right behind him at +750. In the third slot, Ronald Acuna Jr., an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, is getting +800 odds ahead of San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. To round out the top five, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger has +900 odds to claim this award.

American League Most Valuable Player

In the American League, the betting favorite to win the MVP award is Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout by a significant margin. He is getting +225 odds to win his fourth Most Valuable Player award in his career. After a drop off in odds, there is a three-way tie for the second spot at +1200 including Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez.

For the Blue Jays, their top MVP candidate according to the oddsmakers is third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at +2500, which is tied for the eighth best odds in the American League. In addition, Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette has +3300 odds to win the award, tied for the 16th best chance.

National League Cy Young

The top Cy Young candidate from the National League is New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom at +425 odds followed by the Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer at +700. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is getting +950 odds with Walker Buehler of the Dodgers at +1000. There is a three-way tie for the fifth spot with the Philadelphia Phillies‘ pitcher Aaron Nola and Padres Yu Darvish and Blake Snell at +1200.

American League Cy Young

To win the American League Cy Young, Yankees’ Gerrit Cole is getting +350 odds with Shane Bieber of the Indians at +400. Behind them is Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito at +450 and Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays at +950. Blue Jays’ ace Hyun-Jin Ryu has the fifth best odds to claim the award with +1300 odds.

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