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Mookie Betts, new contract in tow, among the favorites to win NL MVP

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Betts has 6/1 odds to win the award

2020 Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Mookie Betts has a new contract that runs through the 2032 season, before he has even played his first game with the Dodgers.

2020 NL MVP odds

Player Team Odds
Player Team Odds
Ronald Acuña Jr. Braves 4/1
Christian Yelich Brewers 9/2
Mookie Betts Dodgers 6/1
Juan Soto Nationals 8/1
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 9/1
Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 9/1
Source: BetOnline

That debut will come Thursday night, with Opening Day against the Giants at Dodger Stadium (7 p.m. PT, ESPN). The first of 60 games on the schedule for the 2020 season, in which Betts is one of the favorites to win National League MVP.

The oddsmakers at BetOnline have Betts at 6/1 odds to win NL MVP this season. Per their odds, the only players more favored to win the award are Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves (4/1 odds) and Christian Yelich of the Brewers (9/2 odds).

Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP, has 9/1 odds to repeat in 2020, making for three former MVPs among the top six favorites to win the award, along with Betts (2018 AL MVP) and Yelich (2018 NL MVP).

Frank Robinson is the only player to win MVP awards in both the National and American Leagues.

Folks at BetOnline also have set various player statistical over/unders. For Betts, his numbers include a .301 average, 11 home runs, and 35½ RBI.

The over/unders from BetOnline for Bellinger are .295, 16½ homers, and 38½ RBI.

Other Dodgers with odds to win awards at BetOnline include Corey Seager at 40/1 to win NL MVP, Walker Buehler at 6/1 to win the NL Cy Young (only Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals at 4/1 odds, is more highly favored), and Clayton Kershaw is at 18/1 to win his fourth NL Cy Young Award.

Gavin Lux, who was optioned this week, is still the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year at 7/2 odds, with Dustin May at 12/1.