The 2022 Major League Baseball season is just about to get underway. It’s delayed a bit, though not substantially, and thankfully we won’t have to think about negotiating things like the CBT or pre-arbitration bonus pool or anything like that during the coming months. No, instead we can start thinking about fun things like who might win the NL MVP, lead the majors in home runs or save the most games.
That’s right, we’re gonna go through some individual accolades here and make some picks. I’ll list the favorite, via Caesars Sportsbook, on each entry and then make a “value” pick — someone who has a decent chance to win and with the odds that make it a quality selection — and a longshot to watch. In the case of the latter, it’s someone who is unlikely to ultimately be the winner but also has a remote shot if everything breaks correctly and could yield a nice windfall to any bettors.
Let’s get to it!
Frontrunner: Shohei Ohtani, +350
Value pick: Bo Bichette, +2500
Longshot to watch: Matt Chapman, +10000
I don’t love the odds here on Ohtani. Not only is it extremely unlikely he can stay healthy and play at a high level with both pitching and hitting all year — there’s a reason he got some much well-deserved fanfare last season — but voter fatigue is absolutely something that has been happening for years. Even if he repeats last year, there’s a block of voters that’ll try to give the award…