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Place your bets: Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz are favorites for World Series MVP

Oct 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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Bodog has betting odds on which player will be named World Series MVP and not surprisingly Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz lead the way:

Albert Pujols       5/1
Nelson Cruz         6/1
Adrian Beltre       7/1
Josh Hamilton       7/1
Field              10/1
Ian Kinsler        10/1
Michael Young      10/1
David Freese       11/1
Matt Holliday      11/1
Lance Berkman      14/1
Yadier Molina      15/1
C.J. Wilson        18/1
Chris Carpenter    18/1
Elvis Andrus       18/1
Jon Jay            18/1
Mike Napoli        18/1
Jason Motte        25/1
Neftali Feliz      25/1
Allen Craig        30/1

In terms of the best value bets, Lance Berkman at 14-to-1 and Mike Napoli at 18-to-1 are probably the most underrated relative to the other top hitters on each team. And both Game 1 starters at 18-to-1 seem like decent bets, because if either Chris Carpenter or C.J. Wilson win two games in the series their MVP odds would be pretty strong.

Also worth noting: There are six guys at 10-to-1 or better and Pujols is the only Cardinals player, which makes some sense given that the Rangers are favored to win the series.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Watch out for Molina at 15-1. If he negates the Ranger running game, and delivers some timely hits, which is his nature, he might just claim the trophy.

  2. hasbeen5 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Where’s Eckstein?

  3. kopy - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Definitely agree about Berkman and Napoli being undervalued. It might be worth choosing one and hedging it with one of the big names. Hypothetically speaking, of course. I would be cautious about assuming somebody who was hot in the first 2 rounds will keep going. Especially because their odds are inflated against you because of their hot streak anyway. I don’t like the “field” bet. I just don’t see any names missing that would be of much potential. If Nick Punto is World Series MVP, in the words of Anchorman, “Actually, I’m not even mad. I’m impressed!”

  4. thefalcon123 - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Berkman’s 2011: .301/.412/.547, 166 OPS+, 5.2 WAR
    Cruz’s 2011: .263/.312/.509, 112 OPS+. 1.4 WAR

    …so, why do I keep reading articles (ESPN and MLB.com both did this), that give the Rangers the advantage between the two in their position by position comparison? I know Cruz had an absurd ALCS, but it’s foolish to think he’s going to play that way during the series, just as it was foolish to think he could continue to hit the .067 he hit in the ALDS.

  5. cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    I’m going to take the most Delmon Young-like guy on the Rangers: Mitch Moreland MVP baby!

  6. Tim OShenko - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    You just know it’s gonna go to Nick Punto. I can already see it in my mind’s eye: filling in for a re-injured Matt Holliday, he’ll pick up a buttload of RBIs on a handful of bloop singles and make a few fine defensive plays to get everyone talking. Then, in the 10th inning of Game 6, against all expectations, he’ll hit a walk-off home run to win the Series.

    And all of us in Twins Territory will brace for the darkest winter in memory, huddling around effigies of Bill Smith for warmth.

    • cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      Ah, Punto. The most Delmon Young guy on the Cards. I see your logic. It really is a 2 horse race for MVP then: Punto v Moreland. May the most DemonYoung-y G guy win…

    • spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Good stuff Tim. The Bucky Dents and David Ecksteins of the world are smiling.

  7. trtx84 - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    The fantastic thing about this is the World Series MVP isn’t neccesarilly the best player through the series. If somebody for the Cardinals gets the walk-off hit in Game 7 he could just as easily win it as somebody who hit two home-runs in Game 6 in the first place.

  8. birdman6824 - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    I’ll go with Jay at 18-1, would take Craig, but figure he won’t get as much playing time

  9. proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    It will be Michael Young just to PO Craig C.

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