Freeman Leads Braves Pre-Season Odds
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.
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.
Newly acquired Braves right-hander, Ervin Santana, is not given odds due to his late signing.