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Mookie Betts is a strong MVP contender, but isn’t favored across the board. Photo from @KillaKyrie2
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  • The odds to win 2020 World Series MVP differ drastically from sportsbook to sportsbook
  • The history of the award strongly favors position players over pitchers
  • See where to find the best odds on whichever Rays or Dodgers player you want to back

The 2020 World Series starts tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 20th) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The best-of-seven series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers will end, at the latest, on Wednesday, Oct. 28th.

World Series MVP odds have been posted at a number of domestic sportsbooks. While they all tend to have the same five or six players at the top of the board, the prices differ significantly from site to site.

The table below shows the 2020 World Series MVP odds at five different sportsbooks. The odds in bold represent the longest odds for that player.

World Series MVP Odds

Player FanDuel DraftKings BetMGM Bet363 888Sport
Mookie Betts (LAD, RF) +900 +800 +500 +750 +800
Randy Arozarena (TB, OF) +1000 +1000 +800 +1000 +900
Tyler Glasnow (TB, P) +1200 +900 +1000 +1000 +900
Cody Bellinger (LAD, CF) +800 +1000 +1000 +900 +1000
Clayton Kershaw (LAD, P) +900 +1000 +1500 +1000 +1000
Walker Buehler (LAD, P) +1000 +1200 +1200 +1000 +1200
Corey Seager (LAD, SS) +800 +1200 +750 +1200 +1200
Charlie Morton (TB, P) +2000 +1500 +2500 +1600 +1500
Max Muncy (LAD, 1B) +1800 +1500 +1800 +2000 +1500
Blake Snell (TB, P) +1600 +1500 +2500 +2000 +1500
Will Smith (LAD, C) +2500 +2000 +2500 +2500 +2000
AJ Pollock (LAD, LF) +3900 +2500 +2200 +2500 +2500
Justin Turner (LAD, 3B) +2500 +2500 +1100 +1200 +2500
Brandon Lowe (TB,  2B) +2900 +2800 +1200 +3300 +2800
Austin Meadows (TB, LF) +3200 +2800 +2500 +3300 +2800
Willy Adames (TB, SS) +6000 +3000 +3500 +4000 +3000
Joey Wendle (TB, IF) +6500 +3000 +3500 +4000 +3000
Ji-Man Choi (TB, 1B) +5000 +3500 +2500 +3300 +3500
Yandy Diaz (TB, 3B) OFF +3500 OFF +5000 +3500
Kiki Hernandez (LAD, 2B) OFF +3500 +3000 +3300 +3500
Hunter Renfroe (TB, RF) OFF +4000 OFF +3300 +4000
Manny Margot (TB, OF) +4300 +4400 +4000 +5000 +4500
Mike Zunino (TB, C) +6500 +4400 +5000 +5000 +4400
Tony Gonsolin (LAD, P) +5500 +5000 OFF +5000 +5000
Joc Pederson (LAD, LF) OFF +5000 +4000 +2500 +5000
Chris Taylor (LAD, IF/OF) +10000 +5000 +4000 +6600 +5000
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (TB, LF/3B) OFF +5000 OFF +6600 +5000
Julio Urias (LAD, P) +3900 +5000 OFF +5000 +5000
Austin Barnes (LAD, C) OFF +7500 OFF +6600 +7500
Mike Brosseau (TB, IF) OFF +8000 +5000 +10000 +8000
Dustin May (LAD, P) +10000 +10000 +6500 +12500 +10000
Diego Castillo (TB, P) +9500 OFF +5000 OFF OFF
Nick Anderson (TB, P) OFF OFF +5000 OFF OFF
Pete Fairbanks (TB, P) OFF OFF +25000 OFF OFF
Kenley Jansen (TB, P) OFF OFF +15000 OFF OFF

Odds as of Oct 20th. 

World Series MVP Trends

The World Series MVP award has been difficult to predict in recent history.

For every David Ortiz (2013 Red Sox) and George Springer (2017 Astros) there is a Steve Pearce (2018 Red Sox) and Ben Zobrist (2016 Cubs). The award is based solely on performance during the final best-of-seven series, increasing the likelihood of anomalously good performances from role players.

The outstanding performances from workhorse pitchers like Josh Beckett (2003 Marlins), Madison Bumgarner (2014 Giants), Curt Schilling/Randy Johnson (co-MVPs with the 2001 Diamondbacks), and Stephen Strasburg (2019 Nationals) are some of the most memorable in recent World Series history. But after Beckett and Schilling/Johnson won three MVPs in the span of four years (2001-2004), only three pitchers have won in the last 16 seasons (Bumgarner, Strasburg, and Cole Hamels with the Phillies in 2008).

That’s a 13-3 lead for position players.

World Series MVP by Year

Year MVP Team Position
2019 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Pitcher
2018 Steve Pearce Boston Red Sox Hitter
2017 George Springer Houston Astros Hitter
2016 Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs Hitter
2015 Sal Perez Kansas City Royals Hitter
2014 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants Pitcher
2013 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox Hitter
2012 Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants Hitter
2011 David Freese St. Louis Cardinals Hitter
2010 Edgar Renteria San Francisco Giants Hitter
2009 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Hitter
2008 Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
2007 Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox Hitter
2006 David Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Hitter
2005 Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Hitter
2004 Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Hitter

SportsBettingDime’s editorial team has made its picks to win World Series MVP in 2020.  Not one member picked a pitcher (though yours truly struggled mightily deciding between Tampa’s Randy Arozarena and Charlie Morton).

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