One really fun perk as a fan of a great team – other than, you know, winning – is getting the opportunity to see many of our favorite players win major awards or lead certain statistical categories.
And, if you have the stomach for it (or, more importantly, the money), you can even bet on those players to win. (I don’t, but hey, to each their own.)
One such service, Bovada, for example, has just released their preseason odds for a variety of categories and awards, and several Cubs feature prominently among the lists.
Among the categories listed, the Cubs have placed two players with good odds to win the NL MVP, three to win the NL Cy Young Award and three more to hit the most home runs in baseball in 2016.
Odds to Win National League MVP
- Bryce Harper (19/10)
- Giancarlo Stanton (6/1)
- Andrew McCutchen (7/1)
- Kris Bryant (9/1)
- Anthony Rizzo (14/1)
Odds to Win National League Cy Young Award
- Clayton Kershaw (7/4)
- Jake Arrieta (15/2)
- Madison Bumgarner (10/1)
- Jacob deGrom (10/1)
- Jon Lester (20/1)
- John Lackey (50/1)
2016 Most Regular Season Home Runs
- Bryce Harper 7/1
- Giancarlo Stanton 7/1
- Chris Davis 8/1
- Kris Bryant 16/1
- Anthony Rizzo 33/1
- Kyle Schwarber 50/1
I actually feel as though those odds are pretty spot on – that is the point, though – with the exception of Kyle Schwarber. I doubt he actually leads the league in home runs next season, but I’d probably give him better than 50/1 odds (then again, if he doesn’t get more than 500-550 plate appearances he might not be able).
As for Lackey winning a Cy Young, eh, I wouldn’t (hypothetically) bet on it, but Arrieta seems interested in repeating 2015 and Jon Lester is off to a healthy, good start this Spring (according to Joe Maddon). All in all, this is just a fun, different way to look at how well the Cubs players stack up around the league.
With any luck, maybe they’ll even take home some of these awards.