Miguel Cabrera is the defending American League MVP, but he isn't the first choice among books and bettors to win this year's race.
That distinction goes to the kid who has finished second in the voting to Miggy in each of the last two seasons.
Mike Trout of the Angels tops the betting to win this year's American League MVP award at odds of 11-4. In just two-plus seasons in the Majors, Trout has hit 63 homers and stolen 86 bases. Last year he drew 110 walks, creating an on base percentage of .432.
His team, however, is far from the top of the odds to win the 2014 World Series betting menu. The Angels are well behind the front runners, according to Bovada.
However, he might need help from his teammates to win the MVP, because it's hard to do with a team that falls out of playoff contention.
Cabrera comes next at 6/1. He won the Triple Crown in 2012, then had an even better season last year. And his Tigers, playing in the AL Central, are almost assured a spot in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria is the next choice on the AL MVP board at 14/1, followed by Texas' Adrian Beltre, Trout's teammate Albert Pujols, new Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury and Oakland's Josh Donaldson all at 16/1.
New Mariner Robinson Cano is 18-1 and Baltimore's Adam Jones and Chris Davis, Boston's Dustin Pedroia (the 2008 MVP) and Kansas City's Eric Hosmer all at 20-1.
Over on the National League MVP board, defending award winner Andrew McCutchen leads the betting at odds of 13/2. McCutchen had better numbers in 2012 than last year, but leading his Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years probably had as much to do with winning the award as anything else.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto comes next at 8/1. Votto won the award in 2010, but has seen his power numbers slide since then. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, after hitting .302 last year with 36 homers and 125 RBI, is the third pick at 9/1.
And Washington's Bryce Harper, yet to live up to the huge expectations, comes in at 10/1.
Others on the NL MVP board include 2012 winner Buster Posey and Dodger Hanley Ramirez at 12/1; 2011 winner Ryan Braun and Dodger sensation Yasiel Puig at 14/1; St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina at 16/1; and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, Atlanta's Freddie Freeman and Dodger Matt Kemp each at 20/1.