Freeman Leads Braves Pre-Season Odds

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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is ranked as having the sixth best chance of winning the 2014 National League MVP Award, by Bovada Sports Book.

Bovada rates the Pirates Andrew McCutcheon as having the best chance to win the NL MVP at 6/1 odds, then the Reds Joey Votto at 7/1, the Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt at 9/1, the Cardinals Yadier Molina at 12/1 and the Giants Buster Posey at 12/1. Freeman checks in at 14/1 odds to win the National League MVP.

The Braves Eastern Division rival Washington Nationals highest ranked NL MVP candidate is Bryce Harper, who is eleventh, at 16/1.

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Bovada ranks several Nationals’ pitchers high in the pre-season National League Cy Young Award odds.  Nationals fire-balling right-hander, Stephen Strasburg, is give the second best odds to win the award at 8/1, behind only the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, who is 13/2 odds.  Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez is ranked eighth at 15/1 and Washington’s rising right-handed starter, Jordan Zimmerman, is tenth at 18/1 odds.

Julio Teheran and Mike Minor are the Braves highest ranked Cy Young candidates, according to Bovada.  Teheran and Minor are tied at fourteenth with 25/1 odds.  Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is rated as having the fifteenth best chance to win the Cy Young at 33/1.

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Newly acquired Braves right-hander, Ervin Santana, is not given odds due to his late signing.

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Mike Crowe
Mike Crowe

Looks like Freddie has arrived. That looks like a pretty good list from Bovada and one I probably agree with. Having him ranked sixth puts him among the elite players in the league if you believe in these kinds of preseaon conjectures – which I take with a grain of salt. However, I know a couple of other seers of note have a similar list. I look for him to step up and have a career year this year.