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March 24, 2022

2022 MLB Futures: Best Bets For MVP, Cy Young, World Series Winner

The lockout is over, and spring training games are well underway. That means it is time to take a look at the best futures for player awards and our World Series winner.

Today, we will be discussing the most popular baseball futures on the market. Player awards and World Series winner futures are the most talked-about, and most bet on baseball futures, and for good reason. 

If you have ever hit one of these futures, you know how awesome it feels. Predicting the MVPs, and championship winners for a sport with 162 games are TOUGH. That is why we are here to help. 

Here are our best bets for the MVP, Cy Young, and World Series winners this season.

*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

MVP

American League: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays (+550)

If you are a baseball fan, Guerrero Jr. has been a household name for a few years now. He dominated the minors, and after only three seasons with the Blue Jays, he has become one of the best hitters in all of baseball. 

In his first two seasons in the majors, he had a slash of .269/.336/.442 with an OPS of .778 in 183 games played. Last season, Guerrero led the majors in OBP (.401), slugging (.601), OPS (1.002), OPS+ (169), runs (123), total bases (363), and he tied Salvador Perez for the league lead in home runs (48). He also finished with a .311 batting average and drove in 111 RBI. 

Guerrero just turned 23-years-old a few weeks ago and he is already one of the most feared hitters in the game. With Marcus Semien heading to Texas, Guerrero becomes the far-and-away best player on the team, and if he continues his upwards production, he could turn out a special year for Toronto in 2022. 

National League: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals (+360)

I usually do not like taking the preseason favorites, but this just feels like Soto's year. You can make a legit argument that he should have won the MVP over Bryce Harper last season. Ever since Soto burst onto the scene in the 2019 World Series, he has consistently gotten better every season, and outside of maybe Guerrero, Soto could be the best hitter on the planet. 

In the shortened 2020 season, Soto led the league in BA (.351), OBP (.490), slugging (1.185), and OPS+ (217). Last season, Soto led the league in OBP (.465), walks (145), and intentional walks (23).

Soto also has the advantage of being a lone star on his team. With Freddie Freeman heading over to the Dodgers and Fernando Tatis Jr. out until at least July, Soto is going to have a hell of a headstart, and he will stand out more than any player in the National League. 

Cy Young

American League: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians (+900)

Bieber was virtually untouchable in his 2020 Cy Young-winning season. He finished 2020 with a 1.63 ERA, and he lead the league in SOs (122), ERA+ (273), FIP (2.07), H/9 (5.4), and SO/9 (14.2).

His number took a dip last season, but injuries clearly affected his play, and he only appeared in 16 games for Cleveland last season. However, he still flashed his elite stuff last season with a 2.76 ERA through his first six starts. 

The American League is not stacked with starting pitchers, and honestly, I just do not think the current betting favorite, Gerrit Cole is worth placing a future on. He has just been wildly inconsistent with the Yankees. 

At 9/1, I think a fully-healthy Bieber has the best value on the board. 

National League: Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers (+1100)

The National League is absolutely loaded with competition. Obviously, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, who are now teammates are the two favorites, with Buehler sandwiched in-between Zack Wheeler and Corbin Burnes. 

Buehler is not the sexiest pick because of his inconsistency and health issues, but when he is healthy, he is as good as they come. 

With Scherzer heading off to the Mets, and Trevor Bauer likely never playing for the Dodgers again, Buehler is the ACE of the best team in the league. I think he stands out, stays healthy, and finally puts on a season-long pitching display. 

World Series 

If you read our Division Winners blog we have the Chicago White Sox (+500) coming out of the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers (+240) coming out of the National League.

Pound-for-pound, there is not a better team than the Dodgers. With the DH coming to the National League, they will not have to juggle their lineup and keep one of their top players on the bench any given night. 

The pitching took a hit with Scherzer leaving for the Mets, and long-time closer Kenley Jansen joining the Braves, but with Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, and Andrew Heaney manning the rotation, they have a solid group. 

We know what the lineup is. From top-to-bottom, I would not be surprised if any of these guys win the MVP this season. I mean, there are three MVPs in the lineup (Betts, Bellinger, Freeman). 

I also think the NL West will get weaker with the Padres' injuries and the Giants just simply regressing. I do not love the value the books are offering us, but the Dodgers are absolutely the best team in baseball, and they should get back to the World Series. 

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers (+470)

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