For What It's Worth: Bovada Likes Ryan Braun's Chances Of Repeating As NL MVP

Ryan Braun's only hit of the spring was this home run and he probably faces blowback from some BBWAA members after his offseason, but Bovada still likes his chances of repeating as NL MVP.

I got an email from Bovada yesterday promoting several proposition bets for the 2012 MLB season. From a Brewer perspective, here's the line I found most interesting:

Odds to win the 2012 NL MVP:

Player Odds
Joey Votto 7/1
Ryan Braun 8/1
Matt Kemp 9/1
Justin Upton 10/1
Giancarlo Stanton 10/1

Rickie Weeks (tied for 26th most likely at 40/1) and Aramis Ramirez (tied for 30th most likely at 50/1) are also listed.

As I mentioned above I find this line interesting, but even if I were a betting man I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Braun may shed his spring training struggles and have a phenomenal year, but even if he does there are likely voters who will leave him off or lower his position on their MVP ballots because of the events of this offseason. It'd be silly to do so, of course, but the BBWAA has done nothing to prevent its members from using their ballot to make silly, unprovable or inaccurate moral arguments before and likely won't do it this year either.

There are more Brewer-relevant betting lines after the jump.

Who will hit the most HR's in the 2012 Regular Season?

Rank Batter Odds
1 Jose Bautista 13/2
2 Albert Pujols 9/1
3 Giancarlo Stanton 9/1
4 Prince Fielder 10/1
5 Miguel Cabrera 12/1
10 Ryan Braun 20/1

Odds to win the 2012 NL Cy Young?

Rank Pitcher Odds
1 Clayton Kershaw 9/2
2 Roy Halladay 11/2
3 Cliff Lee 15/2
4 Tim Lincecum 15/2
5t Adam Wainwright or Cole Hamels 12/1
7t Yovani Gallardo 15/1
7t Zack Greinke 15/1

Highest Save total by a pitcher?

Bet Odds
Over 47.5 Even
Under 47.5 Even

(John Axford had 47 saves in 2011.)

Regular season series winner: Brewers vs Reds

Bet Odds
Brewers Even
Reds -130
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