Mookie Betts is a strong MVP contender, but isn’t favored across the board. Photo from @KillaKyrie2
- 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
|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
|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).
Sascha has been the Lead Oddsmaker for SBD for over four years, specializing in football, baseball, hockey, and basketball. He has been featured on USA Today’s Draft Wire, Fansided, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and numerous additional local and national publications.