MLB odds: Jose Abreu the HR favorite, Sale in Cy Young race

MLB odds: Jose Abreu the HR favorite, Sale in Cy Young race
July 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

The White Sox championship odds may have gone down, but Jose Abreu and Chris Sale are still pretty good bets for end-of-the-year accolades.

Bovada released its post-All-Star Game odds on a number of award races and championship odds, and the White Sox show up in a few categories.

Odds to win 2014 AL Cy Young: Chris Sale, 5/1

Following Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury that will keep the rookie sidelined indefinitely, the two new favorites for the AL Cy Young are Seattle's Felix Hernandez (3/2) and Sale. Presuming Sale avoids any further injury he'll qualify for all pitching categories, but as it stands his 2.08 ERA would be best in the American League, slightly better than Hernandez's 2.12 ERA, though King Felix has earned his mark in 49 more innings. Tanaka, Oakland's Scott Kazmir and Texas' Yu Darvish all have 15/2 odds to win the award, with Oakland's Sonny Gray, Detroit's Max Scherzer, Tampa Bay's David Price and Los Angeles' Garrett Richards round out the top odds. Former White Sox starter Mark Buehrle has 33/1 odds to win.

Odds to win the 2014 AL MVP: Jose Abreu, 20/1

In reality the AL MVP race, as has been the case the last two seasons, will come down to Mike Trout (2/3) and Miguel Cabrera (9/2), and Trout may have Miggy's number this year after back-to-back second-place finishes. Still, it's impressive that Abreu is on this list at all, considering the White Sox aren't in playoff contention like the teams of the seven players in front of him are. It would take some historic second-half numbers for Abreu to even get into the conversation for AL MVP, though Chris Sale said the Cuban would be his pick if he had one.

Who will hit the most home runs in the 2014 regular season: Jose Abreu, 4/5

Here's one category Trout and Cabrera won't be overtaking Abreu in. Heading into the season's second half Abreu is the favorite to be named the home run king at season's end, and for good reason. Abreu leads the league with 29 home runs and has hit four in July after crushing 10 in June. He's got steep competition with Nelson Cruz (28 HRs; 3/2 odds), Edwin Encarnacion (26 HRs; 7/1 odds) and Giancarlo Stanton (21 HRs; 12/1 odds) behind him, but if the first half was any indication Abreu is a solid bet to take home this award (and make you some money, if that's your kind of thing).

Odds to win the 2014 AL pennant: Chicago White Sox, 150/1

The White Sox didn't enter the All-Star break with much momentum, losing four of five to drop to fourth place in the AL Central. But if you're among the believers that the White Sox could sneak into the playoffs (they're 6.5 games back of the last Wild Card spot) they may have the frontline pitching in Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks to make some noise in the AL playoffs. That's probably getting way ahead of ourselves, as the 150/1 odds are tied with the Twins for third worst in the league (Texas: 400/1; Houston: 500/1). The Athletics (13/5), Tigers (3/1) and Angels (9/2) are the favorites.

Odds to win the 2014 World Series: Chicago White Sox, 300/1 (was 66/1 on June 2)

There are other ways to say you believe in the White Sox than putting money down on them to win the World Series. The interesting part here is that just six short weeks ago, the White Sox were 66/1 odds to win it all. Not great, but not awful, as they were five games behind the Tigers and just 1 1/2 games out of the final Wild Card spots. Since then they've gone 16-22 and have run out of steam, but with a Cy Young favorite and the most powerful hitter in baseball....never say never. And if you're feeling really lucky, the Cubs are 500/1 odds to win their first World Series in more than 100 years. Should probably stay away from that one.