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I saw on Boston Sports Tonight that Chris Sale is the odds-on favorite to win the World Series MVP, with Mookie Betts second. I’d probably have J.D. Martinez in there above Sale. But is there a good sleeper to be the MVP? How about Andrew Benintendi? He’s due to hit for some power. — Keith G.
First, here’s a look at those odds that Boston Sports Tonight was citing:
Odds to win World Series MVP (@BovadaOfficial):
Bradley Jr. +3000
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 22, 2018
To me, there’s one player who is really undervalued there: Xander Bogaerts. How can he have lesser odds than the likes of Ian Kinsler?
Bogaerts hasn’t had a spectacular postseason so far (one homer, .730 OPS), but he had a terrific overall season, succeeded in the postseason before (he’s the only holdover on the roster from 2013), and should get some good hacks in against the Dodgers’ trio of lefty starters (Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Rich Hill).
Bogaerts had a weird season against lefties (just one of his 23 homers came against southpaws) and had a reverse split overall, hitting righthanded pitching much better. But over the course of his full career he’s punished lefties (.305/.387/.442), and in the short sample-size of the World Series, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him do it again.
Bogaerts is my sleeper MVP, if you’d call him a sleeper. But overall, I’d go with Mookie. It’s his time, and this is his stage to seize.
But what do you guys think? Who do you predict will be the World Series MVP? I’ll hear you in the comments.