With baseball season about to begin, there are a large number of futures bets that are offered on various platforms. Futures bets are some of the best bets to place because it gives you something to root for throughout the entire season. I dug deep into multiple bets and have decided on the five future bets that I am placing for this MLB season.
Juan Soto NL MVP +650
Juan Soto and Mookie Betts are the two favorites to win the NL MVP. And while Betts is going to mash with the Dodgers, this is just Juan Soto’s year. Soto is entering his 4th year in the league. Since his debut in 2018, he has improved greatly and if he played a full 162 games he would have set career highs in multiple categories. He finished 9th in MVP voting in 2019 and 5th in 2020. He has the potential to hit 40 home runs and drive in 120. His walk rate was up last year to 20.9% and his strikeout rate was down to 14.3%. He is The best hitting on the Nationals roster and one of the most fun players to watch play the game. The question for Soto isn’t when he will win the MVP, the question is how may will he win?
Matt Chapman AL MVP +2500
There is no surprise the Mike Trout is the odds-on favorite to win the AL MVP. But his odds are at an outrageous +200. The next closest is Aaron Judge and Alex Bregman at +900. There is no way that Trout should be that much of a favorite for the award he’s won three times. While Trout is the best player in baseball, there is just no value in laying money on him to win. I like these odds I am getting on Matt Chapman at +2500. He is the best bat in Oakland and one of the most underrated players in baseball. Chapman finished 7th in AL MVP voting in 2018 and 6th in 2019. In his 2020 year, he was battling a few injuries and only played 37of 60 games. His discipline at the plate is improving. in 2019 Chapman had a career-high 36 home runs. There is potential to hit 40 home runs this year. Chapman is still one of my favorite players to watch, and at 25/1 odds, I think this future bet is definitely worth sprinkling a few dollars on.
Max Fried NL Cy Young +1800
It seems like it would be too easy to bet Jacob DeGrom to win the NL Cy Young at +300. He is the best pitcher in baseball and has finished top 10 in Cy Young voting 5 of the last 6 seasons. However, watching Fried’s dominance last season just showed that he will be one of the best pitchers in the NL for years to come. Fried made his debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2017. Last year Fried broke out and went 7-0 in his 11 starts. He posted a 2.25 ERA and recorded 50 strikeouts in the 56 innings he pitched. He finished 5th in Cy Young voting. I anticipate that he builds off of last season’s success and puts together another season that will at least get him some votes for the award.
Kansas City Royals Over 72.5 Wins -110
This one is probably my favorite of the five futures bets. The Kansas City Royals might be one of the more underrated teams in the league this season. The Royals went 26-34 last year and showed flashes of potential. They brought in Andrew Benintendi and Carlos Santana to bolster the offense that already possesses Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, and Jorge Soler. They have got one of the better bullpens in the game. The team had a 3.84 bullpen ERA last year. Greg Holland, Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow, and Jesse Hahn are all returning. The only question mark is how good will the starting rotation be? Brad Keller was the team’s best pitcher last year. I expect Brady Singer to improve on his rookie campaign and make a statement for this team’s rotation. The Royals to me seem more like a close to .500 team. So only 73 wins this season seems more than achievable.
Oakland Athletics Over 86.5 Wins -110
After coming off of an AL West title, the A’s seem destined for another great year. In the two-seasons prior to 2020, the A’s had back-to-back 97 win seasons. The starting rotation is anchored by Chris Bassitt who had a team-leading 2.29 ERA last season. Jesus Luzardo is going into his first full season with the A’s and was one of baseball’s top prospects a few years ago. Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas are going to round out the top 4 of that rotation. The lineup consists of two great bats in Matt Olson and MVP candidate Matt Chapman. They added Elvis Andrus to the lineup along with Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland. There is a lot for A’s fans to be happy about, and this team should win the AL West again. I expect this A’s team to reach 90 wins on the year.