As the NFL celebrates its 100 anniversary, the league welcomes the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The Chiefs, 1.5-point favorites in Super Bowl 54, won Super Bowl 4 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings as 12-point underdogs. Their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers have won five of six Super Bowl appearances but none since a 1995 victory in Super Bowl 29.
2017 NL MVP Vegas Top Picks
Odds To Win The 2017 National League MVP Award
The last two seasons have seen near unanimous selections for NL MVP. Harper swept the voting in 2015, Bryant got all but one first-place vote in 2016. As the pennant races heat up late into summer, both players will be counted on to post big numbers at the plate and on the field.
Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders (odds provided by betonline):
Bryce Harper, Washington (-120) — Now injury free, the Nationals’ superstar is having a career year. The 24-year-old has 24 homers and 73 RBIs to go along with a career-high .337 average. His lifetime batting average is .286. It also helps that Harper plays with the National League East Division runaway leaders and is surrounded in the lineup by other MVP contenders, like Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon. Harper, who hits third in Washington’s batting order, deserves to be the odds-on favorite to capture the MVP crown. It is his title to win or lose.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona (+400) — The Diamondbacks’ all-star is just a really good, consistent player that every team would love to have as their first baseman. The cleanup hitter finished 11th in 2016 MVP voting and second in 2015. A career year is within reach this season for Goldschmidt, and it would take one to beat Harper. The 29-year-old is hitting .311 with 21 homers. The one category which sets him apart from Harper is stolen bases. Goldschmidt had a career high 32 swipes last season and he’s on pace for 25-plus this year.
Nolan Arenado, Colorado (+750) — The Rockies’ third baseman obviously benefits from hitting at Coors Field. Last year, he hit . 277 with 16 homers on the road. At home, he hit .312 with 25 dingers. The 26-year-old led the league in home runs (41), RBIs (133), total bases (352) and games played (160). It led to a fifth-place finish in MVP voting after coming in eighth in 2015. Arenado has upped his batting average to .311 this season with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs. He’s obviously a leader with the Rockies, but it’s hard to call him the best in the National League.
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles (+1800) — Here’s another rookie making a lot of noise. Like Aaron Judge in the American League, Bellinger is letting his bat do the talking. The Dodgers’ first baseman has smashed 26 home runs in his first year with the team with the best record in baseball and he has already found a home in the cleanup spot. The 22-year-old is hitting .270 for the season, with 63 RBIs. Sure, these are not MVP numbers. But at the end of May, Bellinger was hitting .245 with 11 home runs. Today, he is quickly making a name for himself.
Kris Bryant, Chicago (+3300) — The defending MVP champion is not having the year he has last season. But how could he? The Cubs’ third baseman, in just his second season, hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs as Chicago finally ended a 108-year drought and won the World Series. This year, the 25-year-old is hitting .275 with 19 homers, but his run production has dropped to just 40 RBIs. The Cubs will need a lot more production out of Bryant, who bats second, if the team is to make another push into the playoffs. Even with a strong second half, it likely won’t be enough to help him defend his crown.
MVP pick — He’s the best player in the National League, if not all of baseball. When healthy, Harper is the king of the National League.Bryce Harper To Win The 2017 AL MVP Award -120
Kris Bryant vs Anthony Rizzo Home Runs Props
The Cubs need Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to drive in runs and help the team win ballgames as Chicago fights for a playoff spot, not worry about hitting home runs. Both players have never hit 40 homers in a season (odds provided by topbet).
Prediction — They won’t this year either.
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