David Ortiz is having one of the greatest final seasons ever, and there’s a very good chance he’ll finish 2016 as the best player in the American League.
The Boston Red Sox designated hitter is the odds-on favorite to be named the AL’s Most Valuable Player, according to the latest odds at Bovada, with 2-1 odds to win the award.
Ortiz, who has homered in back-to-back games, shows no signs of slowing down with 11 regular-season games remaining in his career. He entered Wednesday ranked fourth in the AL in batting average (.318), tied for eighth in home runs (36) and second in RBI (121). He also boasts the best slugging percentage (.634) and OPS (1.037) in all of baseball.
The 40-year-old slugger has plenty of competition for the AL MVP crown, including from his own teammate. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Los Angeles Angeles outfielder Mike Trout both have 4-1 AL MVP odds, according to Bovada. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has the second-best AL MVP odds at 9-4.
Ortiz, of course, is up against history, as no designated hitter ever has won an MVP award. Betts also makes a very strong case for himself with similar numbers to Ortiz — a .317 batting average, 31 homers and 108 RBIs as of Wednesday — while playing a Gold Glove-caliber right field.
Ortiz and Betts aren’t the only Red Sox who have a shot at bringing home hardware. Boston pitcher Rick Porcello, who leads Major League Baseball with 21 wins, has 2-1 odds to win the AL Cy Young award, according to Bovada. That’s tied with Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber for the second-best odds and just behind the current favorite, Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale (8-5 odds).
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